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Agenda Item - 2020-11-17 - Number 7. - P. Ginn Comment Submitted by Pat Ginn. As a resident of Lake Oswego, I am submitting my statement to be read at the City Council Meeting being held on 11.17.20. I have lived in Lake Oswego for 21 years and worked in Lake Oswego for 15 years. As a woman of color, living and working in the community certainly was fraught with multiple challenges. Hence it is important to be in conversations and listen to the heart of the BIPOC community if your goal is to make LO a more inclusive place to live and work. I would like to address agenda items 8.1: DEI Task Force Data and 8.3: Community Policing. 8.1 DEI Task Force Data. I appreciate the effort that the City and the Task Force has put into the completed survey involving Focus groups. Having dealt with data when I was employed with LOSD, the following information would be pertinent in analyzing the full scope of the survey: 1. Did the data include those who live outside of LO as part of the survey? This would be important as they bring the perspective from outside of the city. That would include people who pass through (shop, visit a friend, attend an event), students who play on teams, and those who work in the community. 2. Is there a breakdown of age, ethnicity and gender? This information would be helpful in gaining a better analysis of the data to ensure there was an even representation and not skewed towards a particular age, ethnicity or gender. The comparative data between these groups would also be important in determining the specific barriers. Also there was too low a number of participants in the Youth Engagement survey to report conclusive data. Recommendation: The full data will give a better idea of the community's character and quality of life while recognizing the need for greater inclusiveness. If that data was collected please include that in the report. 8.3 Community Policing In June the Council decided it wants to be involved in a community dialog around policing in LO. Thank you for starting this process for defining Community Policing in Lake Oswego. My recommendation is as follows: 1. Ensure that the BIPOC community is well represented. Ask Community groups such as Respond to Racism, LO Chinese Council to recruit focus group participants. 2. (As noted previously for 8. 1) Include data from those who live outside the LO community to gain their experience and perspective of the city. 3. (As noted previously for 8. 1) Include data for age, ethnicity and gender to gain full representation. 4. The last sentence of the statement by the City that says "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." I recommend that we want a Police Department where a person's race does NOT precipitate a negative interaction with the police nor affect the outcome of such interaction.