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Citizen Police Advisory Committee

Establishment

The Citizen Police Advisory Committee is a policy-focused board that will help to ensure transparency and accountability in the way that the City of Tacoma Police Department operates. 

Membership

The Citizen Police Advisory Committee consists of 11 members who are nominated by the Community Vitality and Safety Committee and confirmed by the City Council. The membership term is three years and includes persons representing the diverse communities in the City. Members must be residents of the City. No current member of the Tacoma Police Department, or his or her immediate family, may service on the Committee. No more than three members may be commissioned law enforcement professionals or retired commissioned law enforcement professionals. Members may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. 


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviewing police policy at the request of the City Council or City Manager
  • Receiving and reviewing policy complaints by members of the public
  • Providing advice to the City Council, the City Manager, and the Chief of Police on Police policy matters

The committee also provides community outreach and education through public hearings and committee efforts.

  

Submitting a Policy Complaint

Per their establishing ordinances, the Citizen Police Advisory Committee can receive policy complaints by members of the public. To do so, please send an email, leaving a detailed message with either a specific policy or circumstances that deserve review.

 

Please note that the Citizen Police Advisory Committee only receives policy complaints related to specific policies and procedures of the Tacoma Police Department. The Committee does NOT receive individual complaints or allegations against the Tacoma Police Department or its officers. To file a complaint about the Department or its Officers, please visit the Tacoma Police Department's Internal Affairs web page or call TacomaFirst311 by dialing 3-1-1 within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else. 

 

Organizational Documents
Ordinances Establishing and Amending Tacoma Municipal Code 1.06.075 Pertaining to the Citizen Police Advisory Committee:

Ordinance 27589 - establishing section 1.06.075 - Police Department Citizen Complaint Oversight
Ordinance 27826, amending section 1.06.075
Tacoma Municipal Code 1.06.075
Citizen Police Advisory Committee By-Laws


Staff Support

Staffing support to the Citizen Police Advisory Committee is provided by the City Manager's Office.

Time and Day

6 PM
Second Monday of the month

 

Location

Room 243
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

 

Additional Information

Staff Liaison
Christopher Bell
General Information
(253) 594-7925