Welcome to the Police Accountability & Transparency webpage, formerly known as the Community Updates- Policing in San Rafael. Our goal is to provide updates and share information regarding policing matters in our community, with a renewed focus on promoting accountability and transparency. This platform aims to offer timely information about local initiatives and community engagement opportunities, empowering residents to stay informed, actively participate, and express their thoughts on police accountability in San Rafael. We are committed to fostering an open dialogue and creating a more transparent and accountable policing system for the benefit of all community members.
Police Accountability Advisory Committee Update
On October 23rd, 2023, the City Council approved appointments for the Police Advisory and Accountability Committee (PAAC or Committee). Interviews and a selection process took place in October, where nine members — seven regular and two alternates — were selected to be members of the PAAC. You can view the full PAAC member roster here. The PAAC's first meeting is tentatively set for December 20th. Additional details on how the public can view and participate in PAAC meetings will be posted on this webpage.
Before the PAAC appointments in October, the City conducted several months of outreach to encourage residents to apply for the PAAC and inform the priorities for the Committee. The City hosted open houses in each City Council district to collect resident feedback, launched a social media campaign, solicited feedback through surveys collected in person and online, and engaged the community at City events such as the farmer's market and summer movie nights. Through this outreach, the City received thirty-one applicants representing all Council districts. For more information on the application and selection process, please refer to this staff report https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/documents/agenda-packet-2023-10-23/.
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In recent months, the City of San Rafael has been holding community meetings on the topic of “Policing in San Rafael” following a 2022 police incident that occurred in the Canal neighborhood. In each meeting, Police Chief Dave Spiller and City leadership listened directly to the community’s concerns and committed to developing a formal response to the community’s input, which will include some form of police oversight in 2023. The main themes of the comments have been summarized and categorized into the following five topic areas:
Click the boxes below to read what we heard from the community:
Previous Community Meetings
Police Chief Dave Spiller, Councilmember Llorens Gulati, and key leaders from the City and the San Rafael Police Department (SRPD) held several hybrid community meetings in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. The meetings have been well attended with around 200 community members participating in recent months. At the meetings participants were able to break into smaller groups in person and over zoom and work with community facilitators to provide their overall feedback on interactions with the SRPD, as well as share what safety and security means to them. Facilitators summarized and shared the group comments and notes on key concerns and themes for SRPD to formally respond to. We will continue holding more community meetings and will update these key themes with more feedback as meetings occur. To be informed of upcoming meetings please sign up here.
Previous meetings were held on:
- October 24th, 2022, At the Albert J. Boro Community Center at Pickleweed Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Spanish with English Translation)
- November 3rd, 2022, At the Albert J. Boro Community Center at Pickleweed Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (English with Spanish translation)
- November 18, 2022, At San Rafael High School from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- December 9th, 2022, At the Albert J. Boro Community Center at Pickleweed Park from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Vietnamese with English Translation)
- January/February 2023, Held multiple meetings with community members and organizations regarding police oversight and accountability.
- March 8th, 2023 At the Albert J. Boro Community Center at Pickleweed Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Spanish with English Translation)
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Posted on September 18, 2022