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Citizens Advisory Board On Police/Community Relations

 

Duties

The Citizens Advisory Board on Police/Community Relations shall study, consult and advise the Mayor, City Council and City Manager on Police/Community Relations crime prevention efforts.  It shall function as a method of community participation in recommending and reviewing policies, practices, and programs designed to make law enforcement sensitive, effective and responsive to the needs of the City.  It shall actively encourage and foster citizen participation in crime prevention activities.  The Board shall promote and encourage open communication and cooperation between the Police Department and residents of the City, recognizing the policing of the City of San Diego is a shared responsibility.  It shall also develop and make recommendations toward informing the community of its rights and responsibilities when coming into contact with police officers.

The Board shall make specific recommendations to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager on actions that can be taken to improve relations between police and community.  It shall review Police Academy and in-service training in human relations and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager.  It shall develop and recommend to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager strategies for improving City-wide crime prevention efforts and for increasing citizen participation in crime prevention efforts; and education programs designed to inform the public of its rights and responsibilities when coming into contact with police officers.  It shall also develop and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager with respect to community oriented policing.  These are examples of the areas to be studied and reviewed, and are not intended to be limitations.

Appointment

The members shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council.

Term

Members shall serve for a two-year term and each member shall serve until his or her successor is duly appointed and qualified.  The expiration date of all terms shall be January 1.

Composition

The Board consists of fifteen (15) members who shall serve without compensation.  All members shall be residents of the City of San Diego unless otherwise waived by the Council pursuant to Council Policy 000-13.  The Board shall include one (1) representative from each Council district provided, however, that any Council Policy with respect to appointments to boards and commissions notwithstanding, the Mayor shall appoint these members of the Board by obtaining no more than three nominations from each Council district and appointing therefrom; and one (1) member shall be a representative from a police employee group; one (1) member shall be a human relations expert; one (1) member shall be an expert on youth; and two (2) members shall be appointed from the fields of social service, corrections, probation, or other related fields.  The City Manager, Chief of Police or designee, and a police psychologist may serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board.

Governed By

San Diego City Charter PDF icon Sections 42 and 43 (a).

San Diego Municipal Code Chapter 2, Article 6, Division 8, first adopted by PDF icon O-17405 (01-08-1990); amended by PDF icon O-17550 (11-13-1990); amended by PDF icon O-20766 (12-16-2016).

 

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