The Truckee Police Department understands the importance of community collaboration to truly serve the people of Truckee. The Chief’s Advisory Committee was created to act as a community resource for the Chief in the formation of strategies, development of community policing concepts, and increased public awareness. The committee is intended to provide a forum for discussions concerning community issues and the goal is to have a broad spectrum of viewpoints represented.
The Chief’s Advisory Committee is a tool to provide the Chief of Police and Truckee Police Department with direct community input and provide community members with direct access to the Chief about perceived issues related to the department, the formation of strategies and concepts around community policing, increase public awareness and provide neutral, third-party insight that supports a productive and inclusive exchange of ideas to be considered in the department’s decision-making process.
The purpose of the Chief’s Advisory Committee (C.A.C.) is to strengthen the relationship between the Truckee Police Department and the Truckee Community members by creating a structured and intentional vehicle for dialogue between community members and the Truckee Police Department. In strengthening this relationship, the Truckee Police Department aims to advance the following ideals:
- Ensure the Chief and Truckee Police Department Personnel receive timely information and feedback about community concerns, crime, policing practices and policies directly from the community it serves.
- Build stronger partnerships between the Truckee Police Department and the Truckee Community to reduce crime and improve safety for all community members.
- Develop a pathway for increasing Truckee Police Department’s understanding of the perspectives of the community members who have not traditionally been engaged or included by the department.
The scope of the panel shall include (but not be limited to):
- Acting as a sounding board for the Chief of Police regarding community needs and concerns; as well as provide community feedback about proposed police programs and priorities.
- Apprising the Chief of Police directly of the community’s vision for police services or of the need to discuss a police policy or procedure.
- Assisting in educating the community at large about the function and role of the Truckee Police Department.
- Connecting community members, particularly persons or communities who may be reluctant to approach the department on their own, to better understand the needs of the community and how the Truckee Police Department can support meeting those needs.
- Advising the Chief of Police directly about the public perception or perceived image or the Truckee Police Department or any specific aspect of it.
Note: The scope of the panel does not include participation in departmental disciplinary actions, legal issues, ongoing criminal or internal investigations, or active critical incidents. The panel does not make or dictate department policy and is not a policy-making body.
The Chief’s Advisory Committee will be led by the Chief of Police or his/her chose Chairperson. Members of the Chief’s Advisory Committee are selected from a pool of Truckee community members and will serve either a renewable one-year or two-year term.
Criteria used for recommending and ultimately selecting panel members will include:
- Truckee resident
- Reflect a diverse representation of the Truckee community relative to race, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, socioeconomic status, and age, and/or
- Reflect a diverse cross-section of professions, employment, education, social interests, and geographic residency, and/or
- Have a historical knowledge of the Truckee community, and/or
- Current Truckee community members who have a genuine interest in contributing to solutions that address local community concerns about the relationship between the Truckee Police Department and the Truckee community members, and/or
- Commit to the time obligation required to be a member of the Chief’s Advisory Committee.
Applicants are asked to fill out a basic application linked below, and are subject to a criminal background check similar to one required for a police ride-along. The background check will not require fingerprinting, but the applicant will need to sign a waiver allowing the police department to check state and local law enforcement databases only.
Please note: An applicant’s immigration status is not a consideration for membership and shall not preclude any applicant from serving on the Chief’s Advisory Committee. An applicant’s immigration status is not a consideration for membership and shall not preclude any applicant from serving on the Chief’s Advisory Committee. An applicant’s immigration status will not be shared with any other law enforcement or governmental agency, whether local, state or federal.
PANEL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS:
Members of the Chief’s Advisory Committee will provide their insights and concerns fielded from their respective circles and networks and the segment of the community they represent. To this end, the time commitment and responsibilities including:
- Participation in an orientation to the Truckee Police Department and the Chief’s Advisory Committee
- Members of the Chief’s Advisory Committee are required to attend regularly scheduled meetings and be prepared to engage in an honest and productive dialog.
- Members of the Chief’s Advisory Committee are expected to treat each other with dignity and respect.
- Members of the Chief’s Advisory Committee shall maintain confidentiality of information that is designated as confidential during the meetings.
- Members of the Chief’s Advisory Committee are not to utilize the meetings to facilitate personal agendas.
- Members of the Chief’s Advisory Committee will be required to intentionally connect with their community networks to share relevant information and elicit the community’s opinions, experiences and feedback.
Any additional roles and responsibilities and group format will be developed collaboratively during regularly scheduled meetings.
Regular meetings will be scheduled monthly in the afternoon to early evening hours. This time may change based upon the needs of the Chief’s Advisory Committee.
The intention of the Chief’s Advisory Committee will be to meet in person, however, Covid-19 guidelines will dictate how meetings are held. In-person meetings will be determined upon State Covid-19 regulations and CDC guidelines.