It is the desire of the Oklahoma City Police Department to maintain a partnership with the community in an effort to reduce crime and to enhance the quality of life. These goals are best accomplished through positive and open communication and the development of public trust.
The Citizens Advisory Board is hereby created to facilitate interaction between the Police Department and a committee of citizens, representative of the various ethnic and cultural groups, within our community.
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The Citizens Advisory Board will:
Upon review of the above matters, the Citizens Advisory Board shall address recommendations and concerns, if any, to the Chief of Police in writing.
To enhance trust between the
police department and the community,
The Citizens Advisory Board shall be composed of no more than twelve voting members and one non-voting member. The police department's representative shall serve as the non-voting member of the board.
The Coalition shall appoint all voting members to the Citizens Advisory Board. The voting members shall reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Oklahoma City community. Upon expiration of the term of service of members or should a vacancy otherwise occur, the Coalition shall have the responsibility to select and appoint new members to the board.
The Chief of Police shall select one member who will serve as the police department's representative to the Citizens Advisory Board.
Members of the Citizens Advisory Board are expected to exhibit the highest ethical and professional standards. The City Manager or designee will remove a member upon a majority vote of the board. In the event a C.A.B. member is unavailable to attend a regularly scheduled meeting, he/she should contact the C.A.B. Chairman or the Departments Representative and notify them of such. Failure to attend three consecutive meetings without contacting the Chairman or the Department Representative with an explanation shall result in that C.A.B. member being dismissed. A majority of board members shall determine if justification exists to excuse a member’s absence.
The C.A.B. Chairman and Vice Chairman shall be voted on each year during the first meeting of the Calendar Year. C.A.B. Members in good standing shall serve a term of three (3) years. By a majority vote of the C.A.B., terms for members may be extended, provided they wish to continue their service with the C.A.B.
Members shall select a chairperson and any other officers they deem necessary by a majority vote. The members shall adopt rules and procedures relating to the operation of the C.A.B. The C.A.B. shall determine the date, time, and place for each meeting.
Each member shall attend an orientation presented by the police department to familiarize the board with the operation of City government, the police department and the rules and operating procedures of the C.A.B.
Each voting member will be encouraged to complete the Citizens Police Academy and participate in at least one ride-along with an Oklahoma City Police Officer.
Members shall have access to an Oklahoma City Police Department Operations Manual.
Voting members of the C.A.B. are not employees of the City of Oklahoma City. Voting members serve in a voluntary capacity and shall receive no monetary compensation or any other financial or employee benefit from the City. The City of Oklahoma City will provide office supplies and assume responsibility for other expenses necessary for the operation of the C.A.B.
The chairperson shall serve as the spokesperson for the C.A.B.
Except for the chairperson, no member of the C.A.B. shall make any written or oral statement of any C.A.B. activity of a confidential nature to any individual or body. A violation will result in immediate removal from the Board.
Members of the C.A.B. may receive information regarding personnel matters and other information of a sensitive or confidential nature. It shall be the duty and responsibility of each member to respect and maintain the confidentiality of all matters presented before the board. Neither the C.A.B., nor any individual member, shall disseminate confidential information received during board meetings. Board members are required to sign confidentiality statements and will be removed from the board upon violation of the confidentiality agreement.
Limitation of powers
Neither the Citizens Advisory Board nor any member thereof, shall:
Matters pertaining to discipline will be the sole responsibility of the Chief of Police and not the board. The activities of the C.A.B. shall, at all times, be conducted in accordance with all federal, state and local laws.