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Community's Police Advisory Committee

Upcoming Meeting April 12, 2021 at 6PM

 

Public Log-in Information:

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 (253) 215-8782

Webinar ID: 850 7623 3615

 

 

 

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. (This committee was formerly known as the Citizen Police Advisory Committee. The name was changed in August 2020.)

 

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
 Jennifer Vasilez District 1 3/17/2020
12/31/2023
 Shayna Raphael District 2 3/17/2020
12/31/2023
 Jeffrey Sargent District 3  1/1/2021 12/31/2023
 Elizabeth Altamimy District 4 3/17/2020 12/31/2023
 Jill Jackson District 5 3/17/2020 12/31/2023
 Dana Coggon At-Large No. 1 1/1/2021  12/31/2023
 Kiara Daniels At-Large No. 2 1/1/2019 12/31/2021
 Krystle Edwards, Vice Chair At-Large No. 3 1/1/2021 12/31/2022
 Stephen HagbergChair At-Large No. 4 1/1/2019  12/31/2021 
 Louis Cooper At-Large No.5 1/1/2019  12/31/2021 
 Terah Gruber Youth Seat 1/1/2021 8/31/2021

 

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.

 

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. 

 

Policy and Program Review

This team reviews various Tacoma Police Department policies and make recommendations on changes that should be adopted. Recently the team submitted body worn camera recommendations that can be found on the agenda and minutes page for CPAC, and are currently working on a review of the use of force continuum and oversight authority. 

 

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. 

 

Education and Outreach

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. 

 

Community Trauma Response Team Accountability 

This team works directly with the CTRT program vendor to provide guidance, advice, and recommendations to ensure the program is meeting its goals and serving the community. The CTRT vendor is expected to report to the committee on a monthly basis about the effectiveness of their outreach, recruitment, and operations and work together to improve the program. You can learn more about the program at www.CTRT-Tacoma.org

  

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 TacomaFIRST 311 by dialing 3-1-1 within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else. 

 

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
Bucoda Warren

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator 


Email the Committee

You can submit public comments and questions to the committee by using the email below. 

cpac@cityoftacoma.org