Commissioner President Matt Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established. The meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items. Commissioner Matt Johnson pulled Consent Agenda Item #1H. The remaining Agenda Items all (1A through 1O) were approved with no discussion.
Following Consent Agenda Item #1O the Commission went into a recess.
Police Commission resumed with the Report of the Chief of Police. Chief Beck reported meeting with presidential candidate Hilary Clinton in New York City, last Thursday, regarding policing issues. He also met with New York City Police Department Commissioner Bratton, New Jersey and Arizona Law Enforcement to increase community trust and safety. Chief Beck reported on three officer involved shootings that had occurred. There currently are 9,827 sworn officers, 2,742 civilian personnel, 400 reserve officers, 284 specialist reserves, 57 chaplains, and 7,861 cadets in the Department.
Commissioner Matt Johnson commended Chief Beck for attending the Commission meeting while he is on vacation. He is aware the Department is under the same constraint as the commission is with the public. Commissioner Johnson met with Chief Beck during the past week and briefly discussed a Family Liaison program that will be implemented. This program will create a centralized point of contact for the family members involved in serious categorical use of force or in custody deaths. The role of the Liaison unit is to reach out to the next of kin and provide information to family members and be the point of contact between the Department, District Attorney’s Office, and family members. This concluded the report of the Chief of Police.