Ballard District Council – Community Police Commission Meeting

Date(s) - 05/08/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Sunset Hill Community Club


BDC welcomes the Seattle Community Police Commission to our May 2019 meeting. Jesse Franz, CPC Communication Advisor, and Nick Christian, Community Engagement Specialist, will present a “CPC 101” overview, describing the history of the organization and newly expanded scope, as well as a community Q&A.

The CPC was formed in 2013 as part of the settlement agreement for police reforms mandated by the federal government (the “consent decree”). Under 2017 city legislation, the CPC was made permanent and its scope and staffing broadened. CPC provides ongoing, community-based oversight of SPD and the police accountability system.

  • What does this mean for Ballard and other North Precinct neighborhoods?
  • How can we engage with community-based police accountability via the CPC?
  • What would success look like if public safety was improved in Ballard?

Please join us at our May 8 meeting. Spread the word to other community members. All are welcome.

Additional CPC background:

  • Their Mission: “CPC listens to, amplifies, and builds common ground among communities affected by policing in Seattle. We champion policing practices centered in justice and equity.”
  • CPC appoints its own executive director, not the mayor. The mayor used to appoint all the commissioners. Now there are 15-21 commissioners: up to 7 appointed by CPC, 7 appointed by mayor, 7 appointed by city council.
  • CPC staff is expanding from 4 to 9 (including exec administration, policy analysts, communications/outreach, etc.).
  • Before, the work was very policy(the “consent decree”) heavy. Now, they are creating their own work plan with a stronger focus on community engagement.
  • CPC is one of four “legs” of Seattle’s new police accountability model:
    — OPA – Office of Police Accountability (includes civilian and sworn personnel; 3 “complaint navigators”)
    — OIG – Office of Inspector General (responsible for auditing and accountability)
    — SPD – Seattle Police Dept
    — CPC – Community Police Commission
  • The biggest issue they hear citywide (and especially north precinct) is “response times” (police capacity)
  • It is important for communities to understand the difference between “law enforcement” and “public safety” (not all public safety issues are policing issues)

* Note that this meeting was originally scheduled for February 2019 and had to be postponed due to snow.