Vancouver Community Task Force on Policing

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News Update

Vancouver Police Department continues to implement improvements to use of force policies and practices.

The Vancouver Police Department announces progress, in partnership with the city’s Community Task Force on Policing, has thus far implemented 31 of 84 recommendations outlined in a use of force report completed by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in June 2020. Click here or the image above to see the report. Read the full press release below.

The Vancouver Police Department continues to move ahead with implementation of a comprehensive police camera program in spring 2022.

The program will feature body-worn cameras and in-car cameras. The City of Vancouver has budgeted $3 million in this biennium to support the program.

An initial draft policy has been developed surrounding use of the cameras. This policy will evolve and change as the review and feedback process continues through:

  • Police union negotiations
  • Input from the Community Task Force on Policing (a working group of community members, VPD, and City staff tasked with oversight of program implementation)
  • Identifying viable vendors and a scope of work through the RFP (Request for Proposals) process that will provide the equipment, training, and maintenance for the program. An RFP to seek vendors will be posted May 7.

Community members are invited to provide their thoughts on this draft policy below in the section title "Share your Ideas".

Next steps: Discussions, negotiations and input into the policy will continue. The VPD and City are taking a methodical approach to launching the program – ensuring a thoughtful process of review and response to develop a sustainable camera program that best serves community needs.

Updates on the camera program will continue as they become available.

Task Force Member Presentation Spotlight:

In June, the Task Force received a presentation on homelessness here in Vancouver. It was presented by Council for the Homeless. It can be viewed here.

City Council Workshop Update:

Vancouver City Council received an update on the progress of the Task Force's work at it's February 22, 2021 Council workshop. You can view that session here.

City of Vancouver convenes Community Task Force on Policing

Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes created the Community Task Force on Policing in June 2020 as a result of the Police Executive Research Forum's (PERF) use of force report on the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). The task force met for the first time in September 2020 and is expected to meet on a monthly basis through September 2021.

The official charge of the task force is to:

The task force is composed of the following community leaders:

  • Ed Hamilton Rosales, Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Clayton Mosher, Washington State University Vancouver
  • Shareefah Hoover, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Vancouver chapter
  • Lynn Marzette, Vancouver Police Department’s Chief’s Diversity Advisory Committee
  • Kim Schneiderman, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Southwest Washington
  • Elvia Santos Dominguez, PointNorth Consulting and Vancouver resident
  • Cody Shaw, Council for the Homeless
  • Eric Holmes, Vancouver City Manager
  • James McElvain, Vancouver Police Chief
  • Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Vancouver Mayor
  • Erik Paulsen, Vancouver City Councilmember
  • Sarah Fox, Vancouver City Councilmember
  • Commander Dave King, Vancouver Police Department, representing the VPD Command Guild
  • Detective Neil Martin, Vancouver Police Department, representing the VPD Police Guild

To ensure transparency, the Vancouver Police Department also provides access to full reports, policy information and regular updates regarding this project and other public safety initiatives online. Please visit the "Webpage Links" to the right to learn more.

News Update

Vancouver Police Department continues to implement improvements to use of force policies and practices.

The Vancouver Police Department announces progress, in partnership with the city’s Community Task Force on Policing, has thus far implemented 31 of 84 recommendations outlined in a use of force report completed by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in June 2020. Click here or the image above to see the report. Read the full press release below.

The Vancouver Police Department continues to move ahead with implementation of a comprehensive police camera program in spring 2022.

The program will feature body-worn cameras and in-car cameras. The City of Vancouver has budgeted $3 million in this biennium to support the program.

An initial draft policy has been developed surrounding use of the cameras. This policy will evolve and change as the review and feedback process continues through:

  • Police union negotiations
  • Input from the Community Task Force on Policing (a working group of community members, VPD, and City staff tasked with oversight of program implementation)
  • Identifying viable vendors and a scope of work through the RFP (Request for Proposals) process that will provide the equipment, training, and maintenance for the program. An RFP to seek vendors will be posted May 7.

Community members are invited to provide their thoughts on this draft policy below in the section title "Share your Ideas".

Next steps: Discussions, negotiations and input into the policy will continue. The VPD and City are taking a methodical approach to launching the program – ensuring a thoughtful process of review and response to develop a sustainable camera program that best serves community needs.

Updates on the camera program will continue as they become available.

Task Force Member Presentation Spotlight:

In June, the Task Force received a presentation on homelessness here in Vancouver. It was presented by Council for the Homeless. It can be viewed here.

City Council Workshop Update:

Vancouver City Council received an update on the progress of the Task Force's work at it's February 22, 2021 Council workshop. You can view that session here.

City of Vancouver convenes Community Task Force on Policing

Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes created the Community Task Force on Policing in June 2020 as a result of the Police Executive Research Forum's (PERF) use of force report on the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). The task force met for the first time in September 2020 and is expected to meet on a monthly basis through September 2021.

The official charge of the task force is to:

The task force is composed of the following community leaders:

  • Ed Hamilton Rosales, Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Clayton Mosher, Washington State University Vancouver
  • Shareefah Hoover, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Vancouver chapter
  • Lynn Marzette, Vancouver Police Department’s Chief’s Diversity Advisory Committee
  • Kim Schneiderman, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Southwest Washington
  • Elvia Santos Dominguez, PointNorth Consulting and Vancouver resident
  • Cody Shaw, Council for the Homeless
  • Eric Holmes, Vancouver City Manager
  • James McElvain, Vancouver Police Chief
  • Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Vancouver Mayor
  • Erik Paulsen, Vancouver City Councilmember
  • Sarah Fox, Vancouver City Councilmember
  • Commander Dave King, Vancouver Police Department, representing the VPD Command Guild
  • Detective Neil Martin, Vancouver Police Department, representing the VPD Police Guild

To ensure transparency, the Vancouver Police Department also provides access to full reports, policy information and regular updates regarding this project and other public safety initiatives online. Please visit the "Webpage Links" to the right to learn more.

Have a question for the Task Force or City Staff?

Please ask any questions you have related to the work of this Task Force here. All questions will be answered as quickly as possible.

(Please note, all questions asked will be visible to all visitors to this page. Please do not list any personal contact information in your question.)

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    Hello, I was wondering if these meetings were being recorded for the public. Thank you!

    Nicolette asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question! No, these meetings are not being recorded. The topics/subjects covered and meeting summaries are published here on this page for public viewing.