Formed in the fall of 2005, the Community Advisory Board (CAB) was (and is) designed to provide the Police Chief face to face dialogue with representatives of the community. Initially 12 members of the community were selected. Four additional positions have been added to increase and diversify the representation.
Since participants came to CAB with a wide range of knowledge and experience in law enforcement, for the first six to seven months, the Chief and staff provided significant statistical data and training in a wide range of police issues. For example, citizen complaint investigation policies and practices were covered by the Professional Standards Sergeant. Training is ongoing.
Selection and Service
The CAB is an advisory panel of 16 positions representing a cross-section of the community based on race, religion, representation (e.g., business community, UCD students), and other factors. The members are selected by the groups they represent whenever possible. They are approved by and serve at the will of the Police Chief and the City Manager.
Representatives do not serve a specific term; however, some representatives have a natural term limit by the nature of their selection from the group they represent. While there is value in turnover and fresh ideas, there is also value in the consistency of having people on the board with a historical knowledge and perspective. Ideally, members will develop a relationship with the Police Department which includes understanding and trust which they in turn communicate to their constituents. As the needs of the community and the police department change, the make-up of the CAB is expected to change.
In June of 2009, CAB members determined that members who have missed meetings for six consecutive months should be replaced.
This board meets with the Police Chief on a monthly basis to provide input to the Chief regarding constituent concerns. Additionally, the CAB members take information away from the police department back into the community. This Board has broad public representation and input into the police department. Most importantly, CAB opens and sustains on-going dialogue with key members of the community on issues of mutual concern.
It is worth noting that CAB fulfills both one of the recommendations of the 2000 Arroyo Report and one of the goal statements from the Davis PD 2005-2008 Strategic Plan.
The Citizen Advisory Board is an advisory panel and has no review or investigative power over complaint investigations.
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