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Statement from Councilwoman Laura Pastor on Civilian Oversight, Recommendations for the Phoenix Police DepartmentStatement from Councilwoman Laura Pastor on Civilian Oversight, Recommendations for the Phoenix Police Department<div class="ExternalClass4D066C3CEDA945EC9031E22DDF22FA4E"><p>​“At today's Policy Session, we discussed civilian oversight of the Phoenix Police Department, Early Intervention Software, and the creation of a Qualified Vendor List (QVL) for Public Opinion Research Firm Services.<br></p><p>Every one of these items was a recommendation of the Community and Police Trust Initiative (CPTI) offered in 2016. <br></p><p>While we as a council approved these items, I voted knowing these items have been discussed for years. The ad hoc committee is a step in the right direction, and I will be working to ensure that the members of that committee have the direction and the latitude they need to be successful - but I will not be deterred or delayed in getting the answers to questions I asked today.</p><p>Civilian oversight committees, when formed properly, can be an incredible resource for everyone: the community, the City, and the police department. They can help or assist in the protection of civil rights, support of effective policing, ensuring greater accountability, building bridges, helping to manage risk, and increasing confidence in the police. </p><p>Today, I directed staff to study and provide feedback on what a citizen oversight committee might look like for the City of Phoenix. I asked that they provide details and come back to the City Council with different models that include legal implications if there are any. I'll be awaiting the responses.<br></p><p>Our community is hurting. Leaders of this city have the moral responsibility to find solutions and must do so with a sense of urgency. I am hopeful that today's conversations and decisions are a step in the right direction."</p><p><br></p></div>7/3/2019 4:00:00 AMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405