Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability [remote or in person]

Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability
Criminal Justice

Monday, Dec. 12, 2022
6:30 p.m. CST

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1145 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60640 Chicago, IL 60640 (Directions)

Truman College, Main building, Cafeteria

This is an in-person meeting, but we expect that it will be live-streamed and/or that a video recording will be made available after the fact at https://www.youtube.com/@chicagoccpsa.

If you document this meeting in person, an additional hour will be added to your total pay.

More information about CCPSA can be found at https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/ccpsa.html.

Reporting

Edited and summarized by the Chicago - IL Documenters Team

Note-taking by Pachina Fletcher

Live reporting by Susan Chun

Criminal Enterprise Information System (CEIS), CPD gang database, CPD budget

susan @suz_chun
Good evening! I’ll be live-tweeting the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability (CCPSA) meeting today starting at 6:30pm. The meeting is at Truman College. @CHIdocumenters

06:12 PM Dec 12, 2022 CST

susan @suz_chun 2/26
In July 2021, City Council passed an ordinance creating a new model for police oversight, accountability, and public safety. It creates two bodies: a citywide Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, with power to advance systemic reform, and District Councils.
susan @suz_chun 3/26
More information on the Commission can be found here: chicago.gov/city/en/depts/….
susan @suz_chun 4/26
The first meeting held by the Commission was in September, as detailed in the Reader: chicagoreader.com/news-politics/….
susan @suz_chun 5/26
The Commission has unique powers, such as picking candidates for police administrators, right to take a vote of no confidence in a superintendent, chief administrator, or police board member, though their removal ultimately requires a two-thirds vote by the city council.
susan @suz_chun 6/26
As of mid October, only two of the 14 staff positions at the Commission have been filled. They have a budget of $4.3M. I expect there to be an update on hiring in today’s meeting.
susan @suz_chun 7/26
Around 25 people are in attendance, plus a panel of 8 speakers so far. Meeting to start shortly.
susan @suz_chun 8/26
Anthony Driver, president, kicks off the meeting. Quorum met. Public comment period begins, 2 min allocated. https://t.co/w7gvqFAEnh
susan @suz_chun 9/26
M. Rogers is the first commenter: He’s concerned about CPD staffing and deployment, especially net loss of officers. D. Butterworth is running for 16th district police council. V. Arreola is running for 24 the district council and applauds the work of the commission.
susan @suz_chun 10/26
CPD budget and resource allocations committee, are tasked with reviewing the police budget and making comments. They met with Superintendent Brown and asked him questions.
susan @suz_chun 11/26
The committee is working on a plan to follow up with the questions that were asked to CPD and will hold a series of public meetings on the highlights of the budget review report. Goal is to make progress before the next years city budget begins.
susan @suz_chun 12/26
COD goal setting and performance assessment committee speaks next. Each year CPD is required to send the commission a set of goals for the following year.
susan @suz_chun 13/26
Commissioner Nelles reads out the goals received December 1st: 1. Advance workforce diversity - recruit new officers with diverse backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the city. 2. Expand neighborhood policing initiative…
susan @suz_chun 14/26
…3. Continually seek public input on department policy and steps to adhere to the consent decree. The commission will work with CPD to measure these goals and to share the progress towards those goals with the public.
susan @suz_chun 15/26
Committee on policy review speaks next. Commissioner Terry speaks to how the ordinance that created the commission requires CPD to listen to the commission’s input on general orders.
susan @suz_chun 16/26
Commissioner Gomez requests anybody that are noncitizens to apply to be part of the committee that’s meant to get input from noncitizens in the city.
susan @suz_chun 17/26
Police board committee speaks about the process to fill three vacancies on the police board. They have responsibility to nominate people to the board which then the mayor must choose from. The committee expects a list to be sent the first weeks of the new year.
susan @suz_chun 18/26
Police Board president G. Foreman speaks about the responsibilities of the Board and updates the commissioners on the consent decree. Quarterly they meet with COPA and Inspector General to give each other full perspective.
susan @suz_chun 19/26
COPA Chief Administrator A. Kersten says she’s reluctant to share draft goals but understands that transparency is valuable.
susan @suz_chun 20/26
COPA first goal is around hiring, reimagine how to approach hiring. Second goal around training: officer involved shooting trainings using other cities’ models to deliver it to chicago, writing training, interview technique training (e.g. trauma informed training)…
susan @suz_chun 21/26
COPA people’s academy will be a couple hours a week for a few weeks will be available to the public so that residents can be present and learn/share what COPA can do.
susan @suz_chun 22/26
Another goal of COPA is to expand mock investigations, know your rights campaigns at CPS.
susan @suz_chun 23/26
Lastly the investigations case closures timeframe from start to end is two years, which the Chief Administrator admits is too long - there will be intentional choices to make the process more efficient, while doing it right.
susan @suz_chun 24/26
Next order of business - draft bylaws will be posted on the commission website tomorrow. Comments will be taken until January 15th.
susan @suz_chun 25/26
Formal statement about the CEIS (Criminal Enterprise Information System). Misidentification, racial profiling, immigration issues, and more were the difficulties in the predecessor and is expected with this one. Commission recommends it to not be adopted.
susan @suz_chun 26/26
Thursday, Jan 26th will be the next meeting. Motion to adjourn at 7:38. Meeting ends. Thank you for reading. More coverage can be found on chicago.documenters.org.

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Agency Information

Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability

www.chicago.gov

(312) 742-8888

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In July 2021, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance creating a new model for police oversight, accountability, and public safety. The ordinance creates two types of bodies: a citywide Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, with power to advance systemic reform, and District Councils, which will be elected in each police district and work to improve policing and public safety in the district. The Commission and District Councils will bring police officers and Chicago residents together to plan, prioritize, and build mutual trust; strengthen the police accountability system; give Chicagoans a meaningful new role in oversight; and explore and advance alternative effective approaches to public safety.

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