(From Press Release) – The City of Davis is conducting a public forum on Thursday, December 7 to talk about community perceptions on policing and engage in a discussion on police oversight models and principles. The meeting will take place at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street, at 6:30 p.m.
It is anticipated that the meetings will start with a short presentation and then move into a series of questions to elicit input from attendees. Anyone interested in police oversight issues is encouraged to attend.
At the November 7 City Council meeting, with a focus on renewing police oversight efforts, the City Council approved the hiring of consultants Barbara Attard and Kathryn Olson. The consultants will guide a community involved process to help Davis evaluate the current Independent Police Auditor Oversight program and to ultimately recommend a number of potential models that fit Davis, given its size, history of policing and community needs.
This meeting will be the first of two community meetings and will be in addition to smaller forums that will be held over the next two months. The smaller forums are geared to engage disproportionately impacted community groups. The overarching objective of the consultants is to understand the needs and concerns from the widest sample of perspectives possible.
From the July Council Meeting…
Mayor Robb Davis moved forward a plan that was approved unanimously by council. It calls for the hire of a short-term consultant to review the current system along with recommendations from the
Human Relations Commission (HRC).
The city would participate in up to five public or sponsored forums with the consultant there as a content expert. “Davis-based facilitators could provide structure for community dialogue at the meeting, but the consultant would help group the conversation with accurate technical information/input.”
Mayor Davis indicated in his proposal that the consultant would use his or her own experience, public input from forums and input from the Davis Police Department itself to recommend one to three options that would seem to fit Davis given its size, history of policing and community needs.
Recommendations, his proposal stated, “should include model contract and scope of work” for the auditor, and details of the role that other entities might play and how “they might change from what is currently in place.”