Interested in Helping Oversee the Oakland Police Department?

Interested in Helping Oversee the Oakland Police Department?

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Apply to be on the Police Commission, which is changing OPD policies and overseeing police discipline. The Oakland Police Commission is looking for new members. Are you interested? Do you know someone who would be great at representing the community?  Deadline to apply is June 30!
            The panel that selects commissioners is looking for diversity and is encouraging people from impacted communities to apply. If you are over 18 and live in Oakland, you qualify—as long as you are not a police officer, a former Oakland police officer, a City employee, a current or former representative of a police union, or an attorney who has filed a claim or lawsuit against OPD. Formerly incarcerated individuals are encouraged to apply.
Commissioners serve staggered three-year terms, and it is time to replace three of them. The work is hard, and it is unpaid at this time. It takes significant time in meetings, meeting prep, and committee work. It requires working with people you may disagree with. You will face opposition from many quarters. But you can help bring fair and just policing to Oakland communities.
As background, the Police Commission was created by Oakland voters in 2016, and it is taking major steps to reform the Oakland Police Department. Last year the commission put restrictions on searching individuals on parole or probation. They are currently working on a policy to govern use of force on residents. Last year they fired the officers who killed Joshua Pawlik in 2018. In February they fired the Chief of Police. Now they are working with the Mayor to find a new chief. The Police Commission will select four candidates, and the mayor will choose one of them.
 
To apply, go to https://www.oaklandca.gov/boards-commissions/police-commission, where you can also find more information about the Police Commission and Measure LL (the law that established the Police Commission.) You can watch videos of past meetings and find out about upcoming meetings.  If you have any questions, please call Lorelei at (408) 275.9567.

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