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Community's Police Advisory Committee

Provide Your Feedback on Our Committee Model 

The Community's Police Advisory Committee (CPAC) is considering changing from an advisory model committee to one of three oversight model options. To do this, CPAC is collecting feedback on community members' preferred model. To provide feedback please watch the short video below and fill out the survey. You can also attend CPAC's September 2022 meeting at which the committee will host a community forum to discuss the different models and collect additional community feedback.

 

Take the Survey

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Please note that any changes made will be done in conjunction with police union partners and that changes to the committee could affect committee member professional requirements and the necessary onboarding for new CPAC members.

 

For additional information on civilian review boards and independent commissions across the U.S. please visit this Library of Congress website: Police Oversight - Policing in America: A Resource Guide - Research Guides at Library of Congress (loc.gov)

 

Upcoming Virtual Meeting September 12, 2022 at 6 PM

 

Public Log-in Information:

Click the link to join the Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88652783068?pwd=eTNiWjJkckpUU3RFUEZFdzhhQ2NvUT09

Or dial: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 886 5278 3068
Passcode: 721131

 

Public Comment 

To submit written public comment please email cpac@cityoftacoma.org at least 24 hours before the start of the meeting. You may also provide verbal comment at the CPAC meeting. 

 

Establishment

The Community's Police Advisory Committee (CPAC) is a policy-focused board that helps to ensure transparency and accountability in the way that the City of Tacoma Police Department operates. 

 

Membership

The Community's 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. 

 

Current Committee Members

Name  Position Term Began Term Ends
 Adrian Lavergne District 1 11/23/2021
12/31/2025
 Shayna Raphael, Vice Chair District 2 3/17/2020
12/31/2023
 Jeffrey Sargent District 3  1/1/2021 12/31/2023
 Angela Mealing District 4 11/23/2021 12/31/2025
 Jill Jackson District 5 3/17/2020 12/31/2022
 VACANT At-Large No. 1 11/23/2021  12/31/2023
 Allen McKenzie At-Large No. 2 1/1/2022 12/31/2024
 Jabari Hampton At-Large No. 3 11/23/2021 12/31/2025
 Stephen HagbergChair At-Large No. 4 1/1/2022 12/31/2024
 Louis Cooper At-Large No.5 1/1/2022 12/31/2024
 VACANT Youth Seat 1/1/2021 8/31/2022

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review police policy, procedures, rules, training, completed investigations, and programs at the request of the City Council, City Manager, or Chief of Police
  • Provide advice and recommendations to the City Council, the City Manager, and the Chief of Police on police policy, procedures, rules, training, and programs
  • Foster understanding between Tacoma Police Department and the community, and promote TPD services and resources
  • Promote awareness of the public complaint process, and review policy and conduct complaints by members of the public
  • Review completed internal affairs investigations to evaluate needs and effectiveness of policies, training, and programs 
  • Convene community conversations on services, programs, policy, procedures, rules, training, and issues of public safety

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

 

Subcommittee Structure

The work of CPAC is done through subcommittees that focus on various projects and goals. Below you can learn a little more about the subcommittees and what they are working on for 2022. 

 

Oversight and Policy Committee

This team reviews various Tacoma Police Department policies and makes recommendations on changes that should be adopted. The primary goal of the subcommittee is the establishment of an civilian oversight model to be bargained in 2023.  

  1. Continue development of an oversight model recommendation
  2. Review the TMC and make incremental changes to set the stage
  3. Lead the outreach events related to oversight
  4. Manage relationship with City of Tacoma Labor Relations to guide efforts
  5. Work with TPD to review and improve body worn camera policies when needed

 

Data and Trends 

This team reviews the quarterly packet or conduct complaints from the City Manager's Office and the Chief of Police and notes patterns of behavior for improvement. The team also reviews weekly crime reporting statistics from the department and reports notable trends to CPAC to address, and is primarily responsible for recommendations on use of force data in line with Resolution 40685. 

  1. Establish a process to receive regular data updates in line with RES40685
  2. Focus on use of force data and recommend changes following Lexipol review
  3. Make data more easily accessible for the public.  
  4. Highlight demographics of the department
  5. Foster understanding between Tacoma Police Department and the community, and promote TPD services and resources.

Outreach and Diversity

This team focuses on recruiting new members, providing presentations on who and what CPAC is, and creating education materials to help residents navigate the City's complaint process and Tacoma Police Department policies. This subcommittee also helps manage the succession of leadership and orientation of new members.  

  1. Bring more members of the public with lived experience to participate in discussions. 
  2. Build better outreach practices that allow for better recruitment for future seats. 
  3. Establish onboarding practices, handbooks, and make sure succession plans are in place.
  4. Explore a shorter CPAC Citizen’s Academy 
  5. Foster understanding between Tacoma Police Department and the community, and promote TPD services and resources

Police Training and Culture

This team focuses on officer well-being and training they receive, providing recommendations for changes to existing practices and programs, and recommendations for new programs. The subcommittee also looks at hiring practices of new and lateral officers. 

 

  1. Explore officer mental health programs and services
  2. See what other agencies and the CJTC give in terms of training and bring recommendations to TPD
  3. Review current training and prioritize de-escalation and ESJ training over range and tactics. 
  4. Review veteran preference policies and recommend changes. 

Submitting a Policy Complaint

Per their establishing ordinances, the Community's 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 Community's 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 Tacoma FIRST 311 by dialing 3-1-1 within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else. 

 

You can view past complaint data on the City's Open Data Portal, and create visualizations to see how the cases were decided. 

 

Apply for the Community's Police Advisory Committee

You can submit an application for any CPAC seat and the clerk's office will maintain record of your completed application until the following years' appointment period, or if a special appointment period is opened. Find out more about applying to a commission by visiting https://www.cityoftacoma.org/government/committees_boards_commissions.

 

Download an Application

Download the application in English.


To request a copy of the PDF application in languages other than English, please:

  • Write to or visit the City Clerk's Office at 733 Market Street, Room 11, Tacoma, WA 98402-3766
  • Email servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org 
  • Call 311 within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5178 from anywhere else. You can also call (800) 833-6388 (TTY or ASCII), (800) 833-6386 (VCO), or (877) 833-6341 (STS).

 

Organizational Documents

Ordinances Establishing and Amending Tacoma Municipal Code 1.06.075 Pertaining to the Community's Police Advisory Committee:

Staff Support

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

Time and Day

6 PM
Second Monday of the month

 

Location

Zoom Virtual Meeting

 

Additional Information

Staff Liaison

Ted Richardson

Senior Management Fellow
Email 

 

 

Email the Committee

You can submit public comments and questions to the committee by emailing

cpac@cityoftacoma.org.