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Agenda Item - 2020-11-17 - Number 8.3 - Community Policing in Lake Oswego 8.3 COUNCIL REPORT 1.6 10:911Ar oj EGG� Subject: Community Policing in Lake Oswego Meeting Date: November 17, 2020 Staff Member: Megan Phelan, Assistant City Manager Department: City Manager's Office Action Required Advisory Board/Commission Recommendation ❑ Motion ❑ Approval ❑ Public Hearing ❑ Denial ❑ Ordinance ❑ None Forwarded ❑ Resolution X❑ Not Applicable ❑ Information Only Comments: ❑X Council Direction ❑ Consent Agenda Staff Recommendation: Provide direction to staff on a proposed statement and process to engage in a community conversation about policing in Lake Oswego Recommended Language for Motion: NA Project/ Issue Relates To: ❑Council Goals/Priorities ❑Adopted Master Plan(s) ElNot Applicable BACKGROUND At the June 23 City Council meeting, Council expressed a strong interest in being closely involved in a community dialog around policing in Lake Oswego. After the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, it is important for the City to determine how we simultaneously address systematic racism in policing while recognizing that police work is important and challenging. Additionally, we need to ensure that the work the police department does is in line with our community's expectations. In July, the City Council provided direction to staff on a proposed process to engage in community dialogs about policing in Lake Oswego. In summary, the process will include three main components. The first component is a community kick-off event/launch that outlines the goals and objectives of the process. The City Council will have input into how this event will be structured and is expected to attend. The 503.635.0215 380 A Avenue PO BOX 369 Lake Oswego, OR 97034 www.lakeosweao.citv Page 2 second component is for the facilitator(s) to engage the community and police department in focus group discussions and the third component is for the facilitator(s) to report back to City Council with the data received from the focus groups and facilitate discussions on next steps. DISCUSSION The City has hired a team of facilitators to assist the City Council and staff in this community dialog. This team includes Bill de la Cruz, Lillian Tsai, and Juanita Range. A member of the facilitator team met with each of the City Councilors to ensure our goals and scope for this project are clear. Based on that feedback, and in consultation with the City Manager and Police Chief, a statement was developed that identified issues that could be addressed. A well- articulated statement should be a concise statement of the issue and clearly describe the desired outcome. The statement we have developed is as follows: The City of Lake Oswego is committed to providing high quality services to every person in our community. As a local government that provides law enforcement services, we believe systematic racism needs to be evaluated in law enforcement nationwide. And, we are part of that system. We are undertaking these community dialogs to identify ways to strengthen how our police department collaborates with all of the people in our community to provide public safety. We will thoroughly evaluate our systems, structures, policies, procedures, processes, and practices with the goal of building public trust and relationships, especially with the people in our community who have been marginalized. As part of that process, we will seek feedback from the community, police officers, and elected officials, about their expectations for law enforcement in Lake Oswego. This feedback will enable us to strengthen good practices and identify areas where we can adapt and improve. Our vision is to ensure that we have a Police Department where a person's race does not determine the outcome of their interaction with our officers and where all people feel safe. With this statement in mind, we will move forward with the process as proposed in July. During the study session, Council will receive a presentation from the facilitator team and will have an opportunity to ask the questions about the process. RECOMMENDATION Provide direction to staff on a proposed statement and process to engage in a community conversation about policing in Lake Oswego. 503.635.0215 380 A Avenue PO BOX 369 Lake Oswego, OR 97034 www.lakeoswego.city