Community Police Commission
The City of Seattle established the Community Police Commission (CPC) to provide an independent forum for dialogue and widespread input on the reform efforts embodied in the Settlement Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding established by the Department Justice. Ongoing community input is a necessary and critical component of achieving and maintaining effective and constitutional policing.
The CPC consists of fifteen (15) members and will remain in existence until the termination of the settlement agreement between the United States and the City of Seattle.
Purpose and Duties
The CPC will provide an independent forum for dialogue and wide-spread input on the reform efforts. The CPC will leverage the ideas, talent, experience and expertise of the people of Seattle to support the City in ensuring that police services are delivered to the people of Seattle in a manner that:
- Fully complies with the Constitution of the United States;
- Effectively ensures public and officer safety; and
- Promotes public confidence in SPD and its officers.
The CPC will be responsible for fulfilling the responsibilities it has been assigned in the Agreement and MOU as summarized:
- Review the reports and recommendations of the Monitor, issue its own report or recommendations to the City on the implementation of the Agreement;
- May review and issue reports or recommendations as to the implementation of SPD’s 20/20 initiative and other initiatives of SPD and the City to support the reform process;
- May consider other issues as referred by DOJ and the City in Section III.C. of the MOU related to the following:
- Community engagement
- Review of Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) structure;
- Investigation timelines; and
- Public education and outreach
- Investigatory stops and data collection
- Officer assistance and support
- Transparency and public reporting