Portland Committee on Community-engaged Policing holds meeting, seeks applicants

FILE - Portland Police Bureau (KATU photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland residents are invited to a meeting Thursday night to learn more about the Portland Committee on Community-engaged Policing, or PCCEP.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Matt Dishman Community Center off Knott Street.

Part of PCCEP’s responsibilities include assessing how the Portland Police Bureau is doing.

The Department of Justice is calling for some reform in PPB’s policies and training, specifically related to the use of force and interaction with people who may be dealing with a mental health crisis.

The committee will interact with the community to give feedback to the police bureau, the mayor and other city officials.

Thursday’s meeting will provide information on the committee and the application process.

This is the first of six different meetings on PCCEP between now and the end of May.

In all, there will be about nine to 11 committee members selected to be on the team.

Members are required to be at least 16 years old and live, work, worship and/or go to school in Portland.

They must be willing to make a substantial time commitment. There are at least two meetings a month.

If selected, members will serve a one or two-year term.

Current city employees or anyone with a perceived conflict of interest with the city is not eligible to become a member.

An advisory committee created by Mayor Ted Wheeler and commissioners will review applications, Then, the mayor, in consult with others, will interview final candidates, eventually helping select the nine to 11 committee members and five alternates.

The application is available online. If you'd like to print the application or want more info, click here.

Applications are due by June 1.

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