New commission lets public weigh in on police department

The newly-established Citizens Police Advisory Commission creates a new level of engagement between residents and the police department.

“Encouraging and having healthy and productive conversations concerning police and public issues is one of the ways we will foster relationships between the community and our police department,” Police Chief Shawn Reynolds said. “The Citizen’s Police Advisory Commission creates that opportunity to strengthen community-police relations and build more intentional and engaging connections.”

The Commission will be made up of nine members – two from each City Council district and one at-large seat, who will each serve 3-year terms.

The Commission will advise the City Council and staff on matters pertaining to the police department while serving as a coordinating group to foster conversations between the police and all economic, educational, social, religious and ethnic groups within the city.

The Commission may also review critical incidents and review policy, programs and concepts designed to increase safety and improve the effectiveness of the police department.

“We are constantly looking for opportunities to create stronger relationships between the public and our police department,” City Manager Brynn Myers said. “This commission will be made up of a diverse group of citizens and will provide valuable feedback regarding the needs and expectations the public has of their police department.”

The Citizens Police Advisory Commission is one of seven new boards and commissions recently established by the City Council. The application period for Boards and Commissions is open through Feb. 15. To learn more about boards and how to apply, visit