Chief's Advisory Committee

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The Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) highly values its partnership with the community and recognizes that having public engagement contributes toward a successful law enforcement agency.  Continuing with the Department’s mission to collaborate with the community to make Santa Clara a better and safer place for all of its' residents, business community and visitors, Chief Sellers has initiated the establishment of a Chief’s Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC will advise Chief Sellers on issues, matters and public policies which influence or impact the ongoing relationship between SCPD and the community we serve. CAC members will also be asked to help increase public awareness on law enforcement matters.

The CAC will not have power or authority to investigate, review or otherwise participate in matters involving specific personnel or play a role in civil or criminal litigation.

Please note CAC members are not compensated for their participation.

 WHO WILL MAKE UP THE CAC?

  • The 15-member CAC will include a diverse cross-section of residents and business owners

HOW FREQUENTLY WILL THE CAC MEET AND WHERE?    

  • The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, October 15 at 6:30pm at the Police Building
  • The CAC will meet quarterly; 2019 schedule TBD

WHAT QUALITIES WILL MAKE A SOLID CAC CANDIDATE?

To serve as a sounding board to the Police Chief on community concerns, CAC applicants should:

  • Consist of a diverse group of individuals from a variety of disciplines and organizations to include social services, mental health, minority, business, labor, community and civic groups
  • Show an ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experience
  • Serve as a responsible conduit for communicating and updating their community on police actions and decisions
  • Assume an active role in community-police discussions, recommendations and strategies to enhance the social, economic and political interests of the community
  • Build coalitions intended to strengthen the ongoing relationships between the police and the community
  • Function in the role as of part “think tank,” making recommendations to the Chief about relevant issues in the community
  • Have knowledge of public safety and community policing practices. Previous participation in the Citizens’ Police Academy preferred, but not required

EXAMPLES OF THE TYPES OF ITEMS CHIEF SELLERS MAY BRING TO THE CAC FOR INPUT

  • Provide feedback on a Crisis Response and Communication Plan
  • Develop questions for an online Customer Satisfaction Form
  • Offer insight on a Drone Deployment Policy
  • Assist in the development of a Safer City Strategy

CAC TERM

  • Maximum of two (2) years to allow participation by a variety of interested parties
  • An extension of volunteer service on the CAC may be considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the Chief of Police

CAC REQUIREMENTS

  • Live in the City of Santa Clara OR own a business in the City of Santa Clara
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to undergo a modified background check   
    - Not convicted of any felonies; and,   
    - Not convicted of any misdemeanors within one year of application
  • Attend quarterly meetings. Members who have poor attendance during their term may be asked to vacate their position

APPLICATION TIMELINE AND PROCEDURES

  • The application filing period is now closed
  • Questions regarding the CAC can be directed to Carolyn McDowell at (408)615-4892 or cmcdowell@santaclaraca.gov

2019 MEETING SCHEDULE

  • January 28, April 29, July 22 and October 21

CONTACT THE CHIEF'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Thank you for your interest in enhancing community-police relations. If you would like to contact the Chief's Advisory Committee with your thoughts or ideas regarding a project they are advising the Police Chief on, email cac@santaclaraca.gov

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