The Jacksonville Chiefs Advisory Committee (CAC) is created to review and advise on public safety practices. The committee will be made up of 13-members. Members serve a 12-month term. The group does not have any decision-making authority, but will meet quarterly to achieve the following goals:
Maintain a consistent partnership between the community and law enforcement;
Serve to help reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for all citizens;
Establish goals that can be accomplished through positive and open communications;
Assist law enforcement in helping to maintain police standard for accountability;
Create processes to help address issues of bias-based policing;
Improve interaction between police and citizens through education and training; and
Strengthen and ensure the application of equal protection under the law for all citizens.
CAC’s are creating the framework for a public participation plan with JPD to engage in a collaborative problem-solving process that supports both the community and the police desire to enhance public safety. CAC’s are responsible for vetting community ideas/suggestions, working with JPD to understand operations, processes and challenges, and building consensus on priority items important to the community before submitting recommendations to JPD for consideration. CAC’s are also responsible for assisting JPD in recruitment efforts.
The Chiefs Advisory Committee vision is for Jacksonville to be a community where all people feel safe and believe they will receive equitable treatment from police services regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, age, housing status, mental capacity and experiential or immutable attributes.
In order to meet its goals, the CAC shall value:
Centering the conversation around those most impacted
Listening to each other
Learning then discussing
Focusing on outcomes for Jacksonville
Creating consensus on recommendations
Sharing our work with the community
Composition and qualifications. The board shall consist of individuals who work or live within the city. The size of the board shall not exceed thirteen (13) members. Members shall be from diverse economic groups, age groups, genders and nationalities.
Meetings. The board shall meet 1 or 2 times per month on the first and third Monday. Times of the meetings will be determined by the board once formed.
The Board will nominate a Chair and Vice Chair for each unit of the CAC’s topic schedule as laid out in the Work Plan. The Chair and Vice Chair will manage board meetings.
The Board will select specific police practices and public safety topics to focus on during its 12-month tenure based on topics from City Council, community members, and fellow Board Members. Topics will be organized into themed units to give Board members the opportunity to learn and discuss specific subject matter in depth and provide the city with their insights and recommendations based on their lived experience.
A 13-member Board will include:
Fraternal Order of Police rep
High School Student rep
Boys and Girls Club rep
Chamber of Commerce rep
6 Jacksonville Residents
Selection to Board
Representatives from the community may nominate themselves to serve on the Committee by submitting an application that includes a personal statement. The Mayor and Chief of Police will review the applications and make recommendations to the City Council for the stake holder positions and the 6 at-large residents.
Discussion and Recommendations
The CAC meetings provide an opportunity for the Committee to learn and share perspectives. The following steps will guide the recommendation process:
Discussion of meeting topic.
Group formulation of a recommendation.
Each board member presents their views, which would be documented in the recommendation.
If the board chooses to vote on a recommendation, a vote of 75% of the board consensus must be met. When the consensus-based recommendation is within the decision-making authority of the Jacksonville Police Chief, the chief is able to implement the recommendation. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.