Following a unanimous City Council vote to form a Police Citizens Advisory Committee, the City is opening up applications for residents who are interested in serving on the committee. The goal of the committee is to promote dialogue between the City’s Police Department and the community and to serve in an advisory capacity regarding community concerns, quality of life issues, and police officer training, among other topics.
"The Madison Police Department is committed to professionally and effectively serving our community in partnership with all stakeholders. We are excited about working with our community to establish the Madison Police Citizen Advisory Committee to strengthen our relationship with our community and give citizens a voice in their police department," says Acting Chief John Stringer.
The committee will hold public meetings and recommend programs or policies to improve MPD, as well as provide advice for additional training in areas such as diversity, community policing, procedural justice, and crisis intervention training.
"This Advisory Committee serves as another step forward in transparency and open dialogue with our citizens. We look forward to the cooperation with the future members of the Committee as they communicate with City’s Police Chief, Mayor, and City Council," says Mayor Paul Finley.
"Council is hopeful for this valuable resource to connect with our citizens and listen to how our local government and law enforcement can continue to serve our community better," says Council President Greg Shaw.
The 9 member committee will be appointed by Council Members, Mayor and Chief of Police. General membership qualifications require applicants to be a Madison resident of at least 18 years of age; the members must commit to serving an initial term of two or four years and willing to dedicate time to attending training sessions, committee meetings, fielding questions from fellow residents, etc.
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