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Tuesday, August 19 2014, 05:17 PM EDT
Chattanooga Police Chief Kicks Off 'RESTART' Initiative
The Chattanooga Police Department held its first meeting to implement Chief Fred Fletcher's new RESTART initiative Tuesday.

The community-based work group is tasked with helping with the reform of processes regarding how police officers are recruited, selected and promoted. 

Earlier this month Chief Fletcher told NewsChannel 9 that CPD lacks diversity.

"RESTART will help us build a diverse workforce while ensuring we retain the talented officers who are currently serving Chattanooga," said Chief Fletcher. "Community input is vital to the success of this initiative and I am proud to have leaders from all over our city participating."

RESTART's mission is to provide fair and equitable processes that assist the Chattanooga Police Department to:
-- Recruit a diverse workforce that represents our community,
-- Engage our community and employment base,
-- Select future officers,
-- Transfer officers between lateral assignments,
-- Advance current officers through promotions and
-- Retain those currently employed through a Team approach.

The working group includes:
-- Chris Ramsey, Blue Cross Blue Shield
-- Everlena Holmes, Community/Neighborhood Representative
-- Stacy Johnson, La Paz 
-- Gladys Pineda-Loher, Chattanooga State
-- James Mapp, NAACP
-- Warren Logan, Jr., Urban League
-- Shea Jefferson, City of Chattanooga Human Resources
-- James McKissic, Office of Multicultural Affairs
-- Mike Williams, Chattanooga Police - Retired D/C
-- Sgt. Derrick Stewart, Chattanooga Police Department
-- Sgt. Danny Jones, Chattanooga Police Department
-- Officer Michael Newton, Chattanooga Police Department
-- Assistant Chief Danna Vaughn, Chattanooga Police Department
-- Officer Rob Simmons, Chattanooga Police (IBPO)
-- Officer Sean O'Brien, Chattanooga Police (FOP)
-- Officer Iran Meadows, Chattanooga Police (NBPOA)
-- Kyle Miller, Chattanooga Police Department
-- Lt. Bakari Welles, Chattanooga Police Department
-- Captain Kim Noorbergen, Chattanooga Police Department
-- Officer Moreland Wilson, Chattanooga Police Department

aRock City Lodge #22 of the Fraternal Order of Police is both humbled and enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate in RESTARTa said FOP RC#22-President, Sean OaBrien. aEngaging employees in establishment of abest practicesa and empowering them to help shape the future of the Chattanooga Police Department is certain to propel the evolution started by Chief Fletcher and his staff.a

"The diverse population in Chattanooga has undergone a significant evolution over the years," said Gladys Pineda-Loher, Director of International Community Outreach for Chattanooga State Community College. "Being a part of RESTART will contribute to multiple community wide collaborations and help to ensure CPD's workforce reflects Chattanooga's cultural diversity."

During Tuesday's inaugural meeting, Chief Fletcher stressed the importance of this initiative for the Chattanooga Police Department and outlined goals of the committee participants, stating the priorities for RESTART are to "develop fair and equitable processes for external recruitment and hiring as well as internal transfers and promotions.a  Fletcher went on to discuss the importance of mentors and  the coaching for newly hired officers, stating he was confident RESTART could help CPD find ways to successfully 'coach our department back into community engagement, as well as functioning as a cohesive team."

The RESTART working group is scheduled to meet monthly and is expected to have initial findings to report by March 31, 2015

Police department spokesperson Kyle Miller said, "These work sessions are not open to the general public.  But, RESTART members are encouraged to invite speakers and individuals from the community as the project dictates."Chattanooga Police Chief Kicks Off 'RESTART' Initiative

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