Olympia’s Social Justice and Equity Commission met yesterday, July 28, to review the draft values for the Community Oversight of Law Enforcement.
Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Stacey Ray led the discussion, the first of its kind after the city separated from the consultants who worked with them in the earlier processes.
“After a lot of consideration, our project team decided we need to part ways with SDM Consulting team, but I want to talk about the path forward-- what the project team's gonna look like because that's me supporting you in this work,” Ray said.
Community groups, especially the underrepresented, have called for a model of community oversight model to build trust and legitimacy in the city's public safety system.
The equity committee's work plan includes the development of a proposal for review by the Council on a community law enforcement monitoring model.
“Last time we got together, we had a conversation about what values would really provide clarity for you in this process, and provide that guidance as you're moving through the co-design process and developing your recommendation for city council,” Ray said.
“What I'm going to put forward in front of you is a recommended draft list that I've compiled based on what I heard from you, and we can play with it, talk about it, and refine it,” Ray added.
The following are the ten draft values collated during the committee’s last meeting, as Ray reported.
“This work is thinking about the processes and the full scope of what has been some of the experiences that people may have had with law enforcement that we may not know about, that will be helpful in forming where the gaps are in the process,” commission Co-Chair Parfait Bassalé said.
“What I think is missing, or maybe is buried in some of that conversation around effectiveness and impact, is a system that is responsive to the community,” added Bassalé. “Responsiveness seems to me to be an essential attribute that we should seek out in this work.”
The draft values are still being revised, and the process will continue with the more extensive co-design phases with other stakeholders.
The committee’s final recommendation aims to arrive at an accessible complaint process, unbiased investigation, and improved policies, practices, and training through data and sample analysis.
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