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Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force (en Español)

Presentation to the Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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The Community Engagement Subcommittee will not be meeting on Monday, July 21, 2014 due to the community forum being held at Cook Middle School.
Posted July 16, 2014

The Community Engagement and Healing Subcommittee chose to initiate a series of forums to encourage dialogue between law enforcement and members of the community. Our intent was to offer an informal setting where members of the public would be able to ask questions, air concerns and offer suggestions. Our first forum was held at Cook Middle School on April 23, 2014. Participating were Chief Hank Schreeder and 10 members of the Santa Rosa Police Department, ranging from command personnel to patrol officers. We set up approximately 12 circles with each group having one SRPD member and a facilitator/recorder, along with 11 members of the community. Various central themes and suggestions emerged from that meeting. Read the collected suggestions for this forum and our second forumm at the Sebastopol Grange.
Posted June 18, 2014


The Task Force was created following the tragic shooting death of Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County deputy sheriff to address four important issues necessary for community healing through the convening of 21 representative members of the community and ultimately making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The Task Force has been created for a one year period that will conclude December 31, 2014.


The Task force is charged with:

  1. Reviewing options for a model for an independent citizen review body.
  2. Reviewing and recommending options for community policing to be considered with the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget process.
  3. Reviewing and recommending whether the Office of Coroner should be separately elected from the Office of Sheriff.
  4. Bringing to the Board of Supervisors any additional feedback from the community on these issues that merits County attention by the end of 2014 and discuss staff generated efforts on these issues. These duties are described more completely in the Community and Local Law Enforcement Charter, approved by the Board of Supervisors December 10, 2013.


Task Force Office, (707) 565-2431, Email the Task Force Office



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