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Oakland Residents Encouraged to Apply for Police Commission




The application process is now open to local residents who want to serve on the Oakland Police Commission. The Police Commission was established in October 2017 after voters approved Measure LL with over 83% support on the November 2016 ballot.

“We are seeking dedicated community members that will hold the Oakland Police Department (OPD) to the highest standards and speak up for the community at-large. If you are passionate about police accountability issues and justice, we want to hear from you,”  said Selection Panel Chairperson Jim Chanin.

The Selection Panel will seek to make appointments that reflect Oaklanders’ diversity of experiences, especially individuals from communities experiencing the most frequent contact with OPD. Strong commitment to police accountability and public service will be prioritized.

Duties include overseeing the Community Police Review Agency, which conducts investigations into allegations of officer misconduct; propose changes to, approves, or rejects current or proposed OPD policies; and removes the Chief of Police for cause, as well as other duties.

Commissioners must meet two criteria:

  1. Be a resident of the City of Oakland
  2. Be over the age of 18 by date of first Commission meeting

The Selection Panel strongly encourages formerly incarcerated individuals to apply.

The deadline to apply is June 16. Applications are available at commissions/police-commission.


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