LPD promotions policy to change
Organizational change is rarely "immediate" in a traditional sense of the word, especially with organizations as large as the Lawton Police Department.
It's been nearly two months since the Lawton City Council agreed to accept a list of recommendations provided by Fidelis Group LLC, a company hired last fall to investigate complaints of low morale and other internal problems at LPD, and city officials have started discussing some of the policy and procedural changes they've been working to adopt.
Mayor Pro-Tempor Doug Wells, who is also chairman of the four-councilperson committee working alongside city officials and Fidelis Group investigators since the start of the investigation, sat down with media Tuesday afternoon to discuss some of the departmental changes inspired by the report some of which had already been in the works at the time it was published specifically focusing on a new policy to govern the promotional process for sergeants, lieutenants and captains.
Even though the 29-page report calls for a variety of changes, ranging from improving communication within the department to providing a new facility for LPD, to be made in order to boost morale, Wells said it's not reasonable to expect the changes to happen overnight. Prioritization, not necessarily in line with the report, was necessary, and Wells said the department's promotional process, which is widely perceived to leave too much room for favoritism and bias, was one of the first issues to be addressed.