On May 31, Mayor Libby Schaaf and the Selection Panel for the Police Commission announced the opening of the application process for the Measure LL Police Commissioners, as approved by Oakland voters with over 83% support on the November 8, 2016 ballot.
Applications are available at http://www2.oaklandnet.com/policecommission and will be accepted until June 30, 2017. Paper applications will be made available at your local library, recreation centers and City Hall next week.
Commissioners must meet two criteria:
a. be a resident of the City of Oakland
b. be over the age of 18 by date of first Commission meeting
The Selection Panel will seek to make appointments that reflect Oaklanders’ diversity of experiences, especially individuals from communities experiencing the most frequent contact with the Department. Strong commitment to police accountability and public service will be prioritized. Duties include overseeing the Community Police Review Agency, which will conduct investigations into allegations of officer misconduct; propose changes to, approve, or reject current or proposed Department policies; remove the Chief of Police for cause; as well as other duties.
The Selection Panel strongly encourages formerly incarcerated individuals to apply.
Measure LL prohibits these categories of people from serving: current sworn police officers; current city employees; former Department sworn employees; and current or former employee, official, or representative of an employee association representing sworn police officers.
To learn more, please visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/policecommission.
To read the media release, please visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/w/oak064133.