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Press Release: December 11, 2014
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Applications Available to Become a Member of the Community Oversight Advisory Board for the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
Community oversight body will monitor implementation of the Portland Police—
United States Settlement Agreement
Today, Commissioner Amanda Fritz posted the application to become a member of the Community Oversight Advisory Board, the group that will monitor the implementation of the City of Portland’s Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. People who live, work, or go to school in Portland are encouraged to apply for appointment to the Community Oversight Advisory Board by January 9, 2015.
"The Community Oversight Advisory Board’s job is to assess the City and the Police Bureau’s implementation of the DOJ agreement. This is a crucial role, as the Council works with the community to improve the way Portland Police serve individuals experiencing, or perceived to be experiencing, mental health crises," Commissioner Amanda Fritz said. "The COAB must represent a broad spectrum of Portland’s communities and a broad range of perspectives."
The City’s Settlement Agreement calls for reform to Portland Police Bureau policies and training, particularly related to interactions with people who have or are perceived to have mental illness. The Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB) will be comprised of fifteen voting community members and five advisory members from the Portland Police Bureau. The Compliance Officer Community Liaison, an independent monitor, will chair the COAB and preside over COAB meetings.
The COAB will meet regularly to assess the implementation of the Settlement Agreement, and will make recommendations regarding changes to policy and/or practices as required to implement the Settlement Agreement. The COAB will also advise the Chief of Police, Police Commissioner and the City Council on community relations and police accountability, inform the community about the Settlement Agreement and its implementation, and seek public comments and concerns, including at Town Hall meetings and through surveys.
The application, developed with community partners, is available to download from Commissioner Fritz’s website (http://www.portlandonline.com/fritz/index.cfm?c=49247&a=512191). Paper copies are available in neighborhood coalition offices. Interested persons can also apply online: http://bit.ly/COABapplication. Applications are due January 9. A COAB Selection Committee with representatives from a diverse set of community organizations will choose five members the week of January 19. The Portland Commission on Disability and the Human Rights Commission will appoint a COAB member from each Commission, and jointly select three additional COAB members who are
Qualified Mental Health Professionals or persons with 10 years’ lived experience caring for their own or others’ mental illness. The remaining five COAB members will each be appointed by a City Commissioner.
The City strives to eliminate barriers that may prevent persons with disabilities from participating in City programs, services and activities. If accommodations or translations are needed to submit a COAB application, or you have any other questions, please contact Jasmine Wadsworth in Commissioner Fritz’s office at 503-823-3008.
You can find more information on the COAB in the Settlement Agreement here:
You can find more general information on the Settlement Agreement here: