The Police Advisory Commission holds community meetings. Meetings are open to the public. In addition, the Commission holds hearings and issues opinions on matters related to community policing. These hearings are also open to the public, and opinions are made available.
Public participation at community meetings
The Police Advisory Commission (PAC) wants all residents to have the chance to be heard. We hold community meetings where people can discuss issues related to our work. PAC meetings are open to the public and held on the third Monday of each month at our office, community centers, churches, or at other locations in the city. During our regular commission meetings, we hold a public comment period for those who want to speak.
To make a public comment:
- A sign up sheet is available
- Comments are heard in order of the sign up
- Follow public comment guidelines
- A five-minute time limit exists
- Index cards for anonymous questions will also be available
Meeting agendas and minutes
PAC meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at community centers, churches, and other locations throughout the city.
Hearings and opinions
Commission Hearings are open to the public. Opinions are released to the public three days after being provided to the person who made the complaint, subject officers, the Mayor, Managing Director, and Police Commissioner.
Use of recording devices
Commission meetings follow Sunshine Act guidelines. These guidelines make sure that meetings are open and transparent, and that a record is kept of what happened. While the commission keeps minutes of meetings, people can also record meetings, as long as they follow certain rules.
Recording devices allowed include:
- Tape recorders.
- Video cameras.
- Television cameras.
- Cell phones.
Before recording at a meeting, you must provide, in writing:
- The name and address of the person who will record.
- A description of the recording device.
- Acknowledgement that the person recording will follow all rules and regulations.
During the meeting:
- Those recording must identify themselves and their recording device when asked.
- Recording devices cannot distract with sound or lights.
- Television cameras, microphones, and equipment must be set up in a location designated by commission staff.
- Those recording must remain in place during the meeting.
- Recording devices cannot be hidden.
- Recording can only happen during the meeting. Recording must stop before meeting is called to order and after it is adjourned.
- No recording device may be used to record private conversations between audience members, officials, or others whose comments or questions are made privately.
Those who don’t follow these rules may have their device taken away and may be asked to leave the meeting. Those barred from meetings cannot return for 90 days.