Series of public engagement opportunities planned
Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:59 a.m.
A series of public safety forums is planned over the next two weeks to give the public an opportunity to engage in the discussion about improvements to the Spokane Police Department and police oversight.
Spokane Mayor David Condon will discuss at each of the public forums a model for police oversight that provides unprecedented civilian oversight; assures investigative transparency, integrity and independence; and impacts discipline. The discussion is a continuation of the broader conversation about public safety over the past two years.
“Everyone is working toward a common goal of enhancing citizen oversight and improving police services,” said Mayor David Condon. “This will make Spokane a model for civilian police oversight.”
All three forums are open to the public. Condon will:
There are three steps to enhancing civilian oversight: voter approval of the police ombudsman commission; negotiating a contact with the Spokane Police Guild; and enacting an ordinance that defines the duties and powers of the ombudsman commission.
“Our goal is arriving at a transparent solution that improves police services for our customers,” Condon said.