Originally, our Coalition’s purpose was to create, campaign for and pass Measure LL which established a robust, civilian police commission for Oakland. Indeed, 83.17% of Oakland voters approved this ballot measure last November. So, having accomplished our mission, we realized that we needed to re-purpose the Coalition moving forward and re-define our ‘mission.’
The following revised mission statement was prepared by an ad-hoc committee, amended at our Wednesday night meeting, and approved unanimously.
The mission of the Coalition for Police Accountability (“the Coalition” or CPA) is to advocate for accountability of the Oakland Police Department to the community so that the Oakland Police Department operates with equitable, just, constitutional, transparent policies and practices that reflect the values and engender the trust of the community.
In furtherance of its mission as stated herein, the Coalition will:
- Monitor the implementation of Measure LL and the activities of the Oakland Police Commission, and
- Inform and educate the community on issues related to policing policies and practices in Oakland.
In addition, the Coalition will offer to support efforts by other communities to establish oversight of their respective police departments by community members. The Coalition may also engage with like-minded groups to pursue or support local, county, and state initiatives or candidates whose objectives are to ensure the protection of civil liberties, promote effective public safety strategies, and advocate for a fair, transparent, and accountable criminal justice system.
If you’d like to be part of our Coalition, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual dues for individual members: $25; for organizations, $100. Checks should be made out to the Coalition for Police Accountability and mailed to 3920 Lyon Avenue, Oakland 94601 CA. We are a 501 c4 non profit organization, so your contributions are not tax-deductible.
There’s still a great deal of work to be done; won’t you join us?
The Selection Panel will be interviewing the 28 finalists for Oakland’s first Police Commission, authorized by the passage of Measure LL last November. From a total of 144 applicants, the Selection Panel’s first series of interviews resulted in the choice of these Oakland residents for the final round. The Commission will consist of 7 commissioners and 2 alternates. The Selection Panel will choose a slate of 4 of the 7 commissioners and 1 of the 2 alternates. the Mayor will fill the remaining positions. All the details can be found here: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/government/o/CityAdministration/d/police-commission/index.htm
The Public Safety Committee will be voting on the enabling legislation that will establish operational procedures for the new Police Commission. It’s item #8 on the Agenda. The meeting begins at 5:00 but the item will probably not be heard until after 6:00 PM. Speaker cards will be available and may be submitted here: https://solar.oaklandnet.com/Speaker/form
The Coalition for Police Accountability has submitted a Substitute Ordinance which is based on the Kalb.Gallo Ordinance but has several key changes. These alterations and the reasons for them are listed in our “Proposed Amendments” document.
Application can be found here: The deadline for submitting your application is June 30! All information about Measure LL which describes the functions and duties of the Commission, and the application process can be found at this web page of the City. For further information, please contact the Coalition of Police Accountability by calling (510) 306 0253 or emailing: email@example.com
Please help get the word out by sharing this link to your contacts ! We want as many folks as possible to be aware of this possibility so that the Commission truly represents the diversity of the Oakland community!
1st Selection Committee meeting May 2 The first agenda items are presentations about rules and procedures, so skip to discussion items 5, 6 and 7 about how the Selection Panel will outreach to the community to solicit applications from Oakland residents who wish to be police commissioners.
Note: The Coalition’s changes to the Kalb. Gallo proposed Ordinance of Feb. 6 are here: 4.8 Coalition Ordinance in bold/underlined text.