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Community's Police Advisory Committee

The next CPAC meeting will be on March 11, 2024 at 6 PM

 

Public Log-in Information:

Click the link to join the Zoom meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85076233615?pwd=SDFsMlpBcmw4WFNwM0xVeS9BcVM4Zz09

Passcode: 889454

(253) 215-8782

Webinar ID: 850 7623 3615

 

Physical Location:

Tacoma Municipal  Building

747 Market street, Room 220A

Tacoma, WA 98402  

 

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
 John Borden District 1 1/1/2024
12/31/2025
 Tracy Jones District 2 1/1/2024 12/31/2026
 Adrienne Jones District 3  1/1/2024 12/31/2026
 Angela Mealing District 4 11/23/2021 12/31/2025
Ralette Churchwell District 5 1/1/2023 12/31/2025
 Esther Evans At-Large No. 1 1/1/2023  12/31/2026
 Allen McKenzie, Chair At-Large No. 2 1/1/2022 12/31/2024
 VACANT At-Large No. 3 1/1/2024 12/31/2025
 Stephen Hagberg At-Large No. 4 1/1/2022 12/31/2024
 Louis Cooper At-Large No.5 1/1/2022 12/31/2024
 Shepherd Southworth Youth Seat 11/28/2023 6/30/2024

 

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 2024. 

 

Oversight Subcommittee

The 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. Manage relationship with City of Tacoma Labor Relations to guide efforts

Policy Subcommittee 

This team reviews TPD policies, weekly crime reporting statistics from the department, and is primarily responsible for recommendations on use of force data in line with Resolution 40685. 

  1. Review 21st Century Policing's recommendations and determine status of each
  2. Establish a process to receive regular data updates in line with RES40685
  3. Review the draft Lexipole policy recommendations
  4. Review the implementation of the body-worn camera and dash-cam policies 
  5. Review the mental health resources available to TPD officers and possibly make suggestions for additional resources

Outreach Subcommittee

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.   

  1. Build better outreach practices that allow for better recruitment for future seats. 
  2. Fill the vacant youth seat
  3. Improve the public's access to TPD related data
  4. Foster understanding between Tacoma Police Department and the community, and promote TPD services and resources

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

Virtual: check Zoom link

In-Person: Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market street, Room 220A

 

 

Additional Information

Staff Liaison

Ted Richardson

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator 

Email 

 

 

Email the Committee

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

cpac@cityoftacoma.org.

 



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