Eds. Note: Posting this letter does not mean endorsement of this Council. No American serving on a local “advisory council” should be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement. No advocate representing the community should take this or any public council seriously which keep secrets – and should not legitimize it by serving.
We need your help. The Portland Police Bureau has created a new group to provide input into their training programs – the Training Advisory Council. In coordination with moving the Police Bureau’s Training Division into the recently acquired Bureau Training Facility, we are seeking citizens to serve on this new advisory group.
The Police Bureau Training Division is a crucial piece of our public safety strategy for the City of Portland. Our Training Division protocols and process both outfit officers with the tools they need to keep our city safe and healthy, and also reflect the values of our community. We are one of the first jurisdictions in the country to establish a Training Advisory Council of citizens to increase accountability for police training and to provide recommendations to the Chief of Police regarding training content, delivery, tactics policy, and tools.
To apply for inclusion in the Training Advisory Council, complete the application form hereand return to the PPB Training Division by Friday, August 31. Council members will meet a minimum of four times each year and will be expected to commit additional hours outside of regular meetings. Making a two-year commitment is required, as is passing a criminal background check and signing a non-disclosure agreement.
Creating a healthy, equitable, prosperous and educated city requires all of our participation. The commitment required by the Training Advisory Council is steep-but I hope you will consider joining the Portland Police Bureau and myself as we find ways to support our law enforcement community and the values of our great city.
Sam Adams, Portland Mayor