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July 27, 2020 -- Santa Monica community members will have their first chance to weigh in on local policing policies at a meeting of the newly formed Public Safety Reform Advisory Committee on Thursday at 6 p.m. via teleconference, City officials announced.

Members of the public can call in to "share their experiences with public safety in the City and to provide insights and recommendations on reforms that they would like to see," officials said.

The meeting will not address police response during the May 31 riots and looting, which is the subject of an independent investigation, officials said ("Santa Monica Councilmember Calls for Independent Probe of Police Actions During Looting Spree," June 8, 2020).

"Members of the public are encouraged to share their thoughts, whether positive or negative, honestly, openly, and consistent with the City’s rules of civility for public meetings," meeting organizers said.

Public comment will be facilitated by Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, an "organizational change consultant and advocate for justice, equity, and inclusion."

Nuri-Robins works with "mission-driven organizations across the country to sustain healthy cultures by improving communication," organizers said.

The meeting will be held in both English and Spanish.

The 15-member committee -- chosen by Interim City Manager Lane Dilg -- will review proposals and recommend public safety reforms "for both use of force and invest/divest strategies," City officials said.

It includes two Santa Monica police officers and a dozen activists, residents and service providers ("Santa Monica Announces Appointments to Police Reform Advisory Committee," July 10, 2020).

The committee is a cornerstone of the City's efforts to review its police use of force policies in the wake of the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police that triggered nationwide protests and roits.

The City will "engage the community by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in its review; report the findings of the review to the community and seek feedback, and reform its police use of force policies."

After gathering information, the committee will make recommendations to Dilg regarding reforms to SMPD's use of force policies and changes that should be made to the City’s budget.

These recommendations will be "informed by calls for divest and invest strategies, to better achieve public safety and wellbeing for all in our community."

Those who wish to participate in the community listening session can register through on Zoom. The meeting can also be watched on YouTube


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