Chief's Advisory Committee

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The Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) highly values its partnership with the community and recognizes that having public engagement contributes toward a successful law enforcement agency.  Continuing with the Department’s mission to collaborate with the community to make Santa Clara a better and safer place for all of its' residents, business community and visitors, former Chief of Police Michael J. Sellers initiated the establishment of a Chief’s Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC will advise the Chief of Police on issues, matters and public policies which influence or impact the ongoing relationship between SCPD and the community we serve. CAC members will also be asked to help increase public awareness on law enforcement matters.

The CAC will not have power or authority to investigate, review or otherwise participate in matters involving specific personnel or play a role in civil or criminal litigation.

Please note CAC members are not compensated for their participation.

 WHO MAKES UP THE CAC?

  • The inaugural 15-member CAC includes a diverse cross-section of residents and business owners

HOW FREQUENTLY DOES THE CAC MEET?    

  • Quarterly, and as needed 
  • The 2020 meeting schedule is as follows:  January 27, April 27, July 27 and October 5
  • Meetings are not open to the public as this is not a formal City of Santa Clara Board or Commission

WHAT QUALITIES WILL MAKE A SOLID CAC CANDIDATE?

To serve as a sounding board to the Police Chief on community concerns, CAC applicants should:

  • Consist of a diverse group of individuals from a variety of disciplines and organizations to include social services, mental health, minority, business, labor, community and civic groups
  • Show an ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experience
  • Serve as a responsible conduit for communicating and updating their community on police actions and decisions
  • Assume an active role in community-police discussions, recommendations and strategies to enhance the social, economic and political interests of the community
  • Build coalitions intended to strengthen the ongoing relationships between the police and the community
  • Function in the role as of part “think tank,” making recommendations to the Chief about relevant issues in the community
  • Have knowledge of public safety and community policing practices. Previous participation in the Citizens’ Police Academy preferred, but not required

EXAMPLES OF THE TOPICS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THE CAC FOR INPUT

  • Smoking Ordinance
  • Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) Policy
  • Crisis Communication Plan
  • Recreation Vehicle Parking
  • Mental Health Issues

CAC TERM

  • Maximum of two (2) years to allow participation by a variety of interested parties
  • An extension of volunteer service on the CAC may be considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the Chief of Police

CAC REQUIREMENTS

  • Live in the City of Santa Clara OR own a business in the City of Santa Clara
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to undergo a modified background check   
    - Not convicted of any felonies; and,   
    - Not convicted of any misdemeanors within one year of application
  • Attend quarterly meetings. Members who have poor attendance during their term may be asked to vacate their position

APPLICATION TIMELINE AND PROCEDURES

  • The Police Department is accepting applications for the 2020-2022 term
    - Interviews are tentatively planned for August, 2020
    - Term to begin in October, 2020
  • Questions regarding the CAC can be directed to Carolyn McDowell at 408-615-4892 or cmcdowell@santaclaraca.gov

CONTACT THE CHIEF'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thank you for your interest in enhancing community-police relations. If you would like to contact the Chief's Advisory Committee with your thoughts or ideas regarding a project they are advising the Chief of Police on, email cac@santaclaraca.gov

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