Eugene’s Police Policy Ad Hoc Committee to Discuss Community Oversight
The City of Eugene’s Police Policy Ad Hoc Committee has until the end of Mar. to provide recommendations for policy changes. The group’s eighth meeting is Tuesday from 6-8pm.
During the meeting, the committee will have its use of force and community oversight subcommittees provide recommendations and motions to be included in the group’s final report.
Kevin Alltucker is the committee’s lead staff. He said one of the major suggestions of the subcommittee would provide the Civilian Review Board with more power when overseeing the police investigation process.
“There’s going to be discussion regarding the Civilian Review Board and suggesting that their findings will be binding on the chief of police," said Alltucker." Who will then determine discipline based on those facts and guided by a pre-negotiated disciplinary matrix.”
Due to time constraints, the committee will only be able to provide recommendations on their designated top five topics: use of force, hiring and training, community oversight, body worn cameras and independent investigation and prosecution.
Alltucker said this is just the beginning of this process. Some of the committee’s recommendations may require approval beyond the city council before potential changes are implemented.
“There could be federal law, there could be state law there could be city charter. There could be collective bargaining agreements that would have to be addressed before a particular recommendation could be fully implemented," said Alltucker. "So it’s not like the committee makes recommendations and a magic wand is waved and everything changes.”
The Eugene Ad Hoc Committee on Police Policies will have a subcommittee meeting on Wednesday on police hiring and training from 6-8pm.
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