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Santa Monica Seeks Applicants for Advisory Committee on Police Reform
 

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By Lookout Staff

June 24, 2020 -- The City of Santa Monica is seeking applicants for a newly created committee to help come up with proposals for police reform, City officials announced Wednesday.

The Public Safety Reform Advisory Committee would advise Interim City Manager Lane Dilg on proposals "to ensure that public safety in Santa Monica employs best practices to recognize the humanity and dignity of every person."

The proposals include possible changes to police funding which the Council voted on Tuesday to keep at its current level; use of force policies and training practices.

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"The City of Santa Monica has long been committed to fair, safe, and effective community policing," the City said in a statement.

"In recent weeks, millions of Americans have marched in the streets to condemn the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others and to demand action to end systemic racism within law enforcement in our country."

The committee -- which would hold at least six meetings over the next 90 days -- will then make recommendations to the Interim City Manager regarding the following:

Reforms to Santa Monica Police Department use of force policies to ensure best practices for policies, training, and application of force are followed, and

Changes that should be made to the City’s budget, informed by calls for divest/invest strategies, to "better achieve public safety and wellbeing for all in our community."

The Advisory Committee will be composed of Santa Monica residents or those who "have a close working knowledge of the City of Santa Monica," officials said.

Committee members should "bring relevant knowledge and expertise as residents, advocates for racial justice and/or public safety reform, business owners, law enforcement officers or experts, mental health providers or experts, and/or social services providers or experts."

The Committee's initial task is to "facilitate a community input process and review local, regional, and national proposals advocating for changes to policing and the ways that cities conceive of and allocate funds to achieve public safety."

Individuals interested in serving on the Public Safety Reform Advisory Committee should complete the City's online application no later than Monday, June 29.

The Interim City Manager will review applications and select members based on their qualifications. The final list of appointees will be posted on santamonica.gov. http://www.smgov.net/


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