Open Meeting with Police to Improve Community Relations

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SACRAMENTO -- Community members made their voices heard loud and clear for the second night in a row on the issue of police reform.

Tuesday hundreds sounded off at the Sacramento City Council meeting, and Wednesday more turned out to make recommendations to the Community Policing Commission’s Accountability Ad Hoc committee.

About 80 people packed in, then weighed in on the changes they want to see in the Sacramento Police Department.
Recommendations ranged from more foot as opposed to vehicle patrols, to making details of police interactions with the homeless public, to having police meet with the community and explain their specific protocols for dealing with specific situations, and encouraging officers to explain to bystanders what happened during an incident they may have witnessed.

The citizens made their cases to the Sacramento Community Police Commission Accountability Committee, four members who report back to their full board of eleven volunteers. Their body includes nine who have no law enforcement background, one retired officer, and the president of the Sacramento Police Officers Association.

Speakers also made recommendations about how the board can be more effective, such as having the authority to subpoena police and employ investigators.

The Community Police Commission will take the public input and submit recommendations to the Sacramento City Council and Mayor. The City leadership can then decide whether to direct the city manager to direct the police department to make changes based on the recommendations.