Create a Community Police Advisory Committee to provide transparency and community input into Police Department enforcement activities.
City Work Plan
1. Obtain City Council approval on all appointees to the Citizen Police Advisory Committee (CPAC) | Police Department | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q1
2. Provide training to CPAC members on their roles and responsibilities, including training for new CPAC members to become familiar with the functions of the DeSoto Police Department | Police Department | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q2
3. Conduct regular meetings of the CPAC to review Police Department policies and procedures | Police Department | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q4
4th Quarter Update September 2021
Through September, the Citizens Police Advisory Committee (CPAC) has continued to meet regularly and initiated review of current Police Department policies. To date, CPAC has reviewed and recommended approval of 3 policies including 1) Body Worn Cameras, 2) Less Lethal & Non-Lethal Force, and 3) Use of Force by Detention Officers. This goal has been completed for FY 2021.
3rd Quarter Update July 2021
Through June, the Citizens Police Advisory Committee (CPAC) has been able to conduct multiple meetings following the City Council's restructuring of the CPAC Bylaws for the purpose of establishing a quorum. Since that change, CPAC has elected leadership positions and initiated a review of current Police Department policies. Committee members are being educated and trained on Police Department procedures and practices including Texas Civil Service laws.