Seeking stronger ties between residents and police officers in the wake of recent turbulence, San Diego will revive a long-dormant community policing board and urge its members to set lofty goals, reports the city’s Union-Tribune. The Citizens Advisory Board on Police/Community Relations will focus on the idea that policing San Diego is a shared responsibility that suffers without robust collaboration between residents and police. The board, which the City Council voted unanimously to revive on Tuesday, will focus on making residents aware of their rights and responsibilities when interacting with police. It may also recommend policies designed to make law enforcement more sensitive, effective and responsive.
The board’s role will be separate from the Citizens Review Board on Police Practices, which evaluates complaints from residents and reviews officer-involved shootings. Mayor Keven Faulconer said reviving the community policing board, dormant since the late 1990s, will help unify San Diego. Revival of the board comes after multiple officer-involved shootings in San Diego and controversy over a delayed San Diego State study of racial profiling by the police department.