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Goshen Parks and Recreation to host a family movie night at Shanklin Park

Friday, July 19, 2024

Goshen’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its second movie in the park this summer on Friday, August 2nd at 7 p.m. at Shanklin Park, featuring the 2023 Pixar film “Elementals.” Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy this family-friendly movie on the big screen. A concession stand will... more

Tentative dates for Norfolk Southern railroad crossing closures announced

Thursday, July 11, 2024

The City of Goshen’s Engineering Department announced during Thursday’s Board of Works meeting a tentative timeline for the upcoming railroad crossing closures by Norfolk Southern. The City’s engineering department has been in communication with Norfolk Southern since the city was notified last week... more

Update on upcoming Norfolk Southern crossing closures

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Last week, the City of Goshen informed residents that Norfolk Southern plans to close several crossings throughout the month of July to install new rails with an approximate start date of July 8th. The work is now expected to begin on Tuesday, July 9th, or Wednesday, July 10th, and will continue through... more

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CANCELLED City Council

Monday, July 22, 2024, 6:00pm

To view a live stream of this meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81652777559 or call +1 305 224 1968, Webinar ID: 816 5277 7559. Comments are no longer taken online. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81652777559

Shade Tree Board

Monday, July 22, 2024, 7:00pm

This meeting is in-person only.

Board of Zoning Appeals

Tuesday, July 23, 2024, 4:00pm

To view the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89051557762 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 890 5155 7762

Police Policy Creation

Goshen Police Department policies are necessary to provide specific direction to our officers in the preferred manner of how our police duties are to be performed. Policies provide proven method requirements that have been vetted for their legality as well as best practice. Policies usually are in the fields of high liability or officer conduct related topics. No policy is established for the Goshen Police Department without the approval of the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety.

Initially, the content of specific policies comes from many sources to include state law, case law, city policy, instructor training in relation to the topic, and administrative preference. The particular policy is drafted and provided to the Goshen Legal Department for review. Goshen Legal Department reviews the need of the policy and content within the policy to ensure it is in the best practice and conforms to all legal laws or requirements. After this, the policy is presented to the Goshen Board of Public Works. This board reviews this policy and in a public meeting may ask questions or make statements in reference to the policy. In addition, any member of the public may speak or ask questions reference the policy. This all occurs prior to any policy being voted on by the board. When all questions or statements have been made, the board will take a vote to determine if the policy will be adopted. The board also has the choice to approve portions of the policy and may add modifications should they choose.

Once a policy is adopted and in place, it is distributed to the Goshen Police Department. Yearly the Goshen Police Department reviews each of the adopted policies to determine if the information is current and still accurate. This review is done by the police executive staff with the assistance of the Indiana State Certified Instructors in those particular fields. There are times where tactics have changed, case law changes, law changes, or the preference of how situations are to be handled changes. When this occurs, the appropriate changes are made and it is again presented to the Goshen Legal Department for their review. It again must go before the Board of Public Works and Safety for discussion in a public meeting prior to any vote to adopt the changes. In addition to the department and city review of policies, the insurance company for the city reviews department policies to ensure they are appropriate and conform to the requirements they need in order to provide insurance to the city and officers while performing official duties.

The Goshen Police Department has found this method to be the most accountable and transparent way to establish and adopt policies for the community we serve. See an illustrated version of the process below.