City announces creation of a Community Police Commission
Today Mayor Mike McGinn issued an Executive Order, drafted in consultation with the City Council, creating a Community Police Commission. The Commission is a partnership between the Police Department, its officers, community members, and public officials. Its role is to support the development of reforms, the establishment of police priorities, and mechanisms to promote community confidence in the Seattle Police Department. The Commission is part of the Settlement Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Justice.
"The Community Police Commission is an important part of building a strong partnership between the people of Seattle and our officers," said McGinn. "I encourage anyone interested in that work to apply to serve on this Commission."
"The Community Police Commission is intended to create an empowered commission that community members have long wanted," said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. "The Public Safety Committee worked directly with community members to write an ordinance, which will be introduced this week that demonstrates the City’s commitment to providing effective and constitutional policing for all of Seattle’s residents."
The Community Police Commission will include members from each precinct of the City, police officer unions, faith communities, minority, ethnic, and other community organizations, and student or youth organizations. McGinn will submit nominees to the City Council for their confirmation no later than 90 days from the issuance of the Executive Order. More information about the Commission and an application can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/policecommission.
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