Goal #2

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


2nd Quarter Update
April 2021

Through March, the Citizens Police Advisory Committee (CPAC) was able to conduct one successful meeting in person due to several meetings where a quorum could not be established. The City Council considered the structure of CPAC and modified the bylaws to facilitate the number of members present at a meeting to reach a quorum. The first meeting of CPAC under the new bylaws will be conducted in April. Due to delays in establishing a quorum, efforts to provide training and review of Police Department policies has been delayed as well. Training and policy review are expected to be conducted in Q3.

1st Quarter Update:
January 1, 2021

As of the end of December, all but one of the first appointees to the Citizen Police Advisory Committee (CPAC) have been confirmed by the City Council. The remaining appointee is anticipated to be confirmed in February. The first CPAC meeting was originally scheduled in December but required rescheduling to January due to an error in the public meeting notice posting. The first CPAC meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 25. At that meeting, CPAC will review organizational items, discuss how Civil Service Laws affect police department operations, receive information about the internal affairs and complaint process, and discuss expectations from CPAC members.