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MISSION

The Mission of the Regional Command’s Community Advisory Board is to support and share in the responsibility with the Police Department in protecting our community from crime and its consequences. The board will maintain order so as to enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods by service as a liaison between the community and the Police Department. Furthermore, the board will encourage the concept of teamwork and greater community – police interaction to solve the problems of our community.

 

INTERIM OBJECTIVE

It shall be an interim objective of this board to identify ways and means of bringing together the many resources available to the board and orchestrate them to work in concert to obtain our common goal, that will eliminate any barriers that may exist between resources and open lines of communication. Means that will establish clear defined problem solving paths, which utilizes S.A.R.A. model and resolves community problems. The Advisory Board will further act in partnership with the community and the Command, providing a communication link, which will relay needs relative to their concerns and provide feedback regarding the Command’s operations, and between the community and their officials, elected and not elected, on policy matters, and encouraging communication and understanding between the community and the Department.

 

AUTHORITY

Administrative order A95-1 dated April 26, 1996 provides the authority to establish a Community Advisory Board at each Regional Command and outlines the roles of these boards. The authority of each Regional Commander establishes the Community Advisory Board. The Advisory Board shall have no subpoena power or rule making authority over the Police Department. It shall operate solely under the discretion of the Regional Commander and is advisory in nature.

 

DUTIES

It shall be the duty of this Advisory Board to inform the Regional Commander of community problems and concerns. The Advisory Board will identify community problems and probable solutions that will mobilize community and police resources to solve the problem. The Advisory Board will further act in partnership with the community and the Command, providing a communication link, which will relay needs relative to their concerns and provide feedback regarding the Command’s operations.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

The responsibilities of the Regional Command’s Community Advisory Board are:

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The Community Advisory Board is an independent board selected by the Commander. Its duty is to carry out the aforementioned mission and responsibilities.

The board is established by the authority of Administrative Order A95-1 and operates under the discretion of, and reports directly to the Regional Commander.

The board will establish and publicize a readily available system through which members of the community may bring their concerns, complaints, recommendations, and commendations to its attention. The Regional Commander will forward recommendations that fall outside of the Regional Command to Chief of police.

The board will establish a set of specific goals for itself and the region.

The board will operate with the full realization that it has no authority over the Department. The board depends on the wholehearted cooperation of the Regional Command and its individual officers for the success of the Advisory Boards mission..

 

ORGANIZATION

The Advisory Board will consist of at least ten members appointed by the Regional Commander. The members will be representative of a cross section of the Regional civilian and business population All Advisory Board members will serve at the discretion of the Regional Commander.

The Advisory Board officers will consist of an elected CHAIR, VICE – CHAIR, and SECRETARY. All board officers will be appointed for a two - year term. The Advisory Board Officers are eligible to a second, third or more terms if all members and the Regional Commander are in agreement. In the absence of any VICE-CHAIR, the Regional Commander will act as VICE-CHAIR.

The Advisory Board will be chaired by the Regional Commander and co-chaired by a member from the Advisory Board recommended by the other board members.

The CHAIR shall preside at all meetings of the Advisory Board. The Chair shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. The Chair shall appoint sub-committees and Chairs as appropriate. The Chair shall be available to act as a liaison between the Advisory Board and the general public, the Regional Command and any other groups required.

The Community Relations Committee, Speakers Bureau, appointed by the Chair, will be responsible for communicating the Mission of the Advisory Board to the public through the Police Department. The Police Area Representative (PAR) officers of the Advisory board will be ex-officio members of this committee.

The Nominating Committee, appointed by the Chair, will be responsible for seeking out potentially productive nominees as Advisory Board members. The Committee will recommend members to the Advisory Board and the regional commander. Elections will be held at the next meeting. Prospective members will attend three meetings prior to nomination for election. Nomination will take place during the third meeting. If elected, the nominee will commence a regular term as discussed above. Nominations for regular Advisory Board terms will be presented upon a vacancy. The Nominating Committee will also prepare a list of nominations for officers for the Advisory Board, which will be presented the month prior to the elections and voted on in the election month. Nominations for officers will be accepted from the floor during both meetings.

The VICE-CHAIR shall perform the duties of the Chair in the absence of the Chair. The Vice-Chair will work with the Chair on any special projects assigned by the Chair.

The SECRETARY shall be responsible for maintaining a complete roster including addresses and telephone numbers of the Advisory Board members. The Secretary shall also maintain accurate records of attendance and minutes for the meetings of the Advisory Board, and be responsible for the distribution of the minutes. The Secretary shall also be responsible as the Parliamentarian and Historian. The Parliamentarian shall be familiar with Roberts’s Rules of Order and ensure that the correct parliamentary procedures are followed. The Historian shall maintain a file of newspapers and other materials pertinent to the activities of the Advisory Board.

The elected officials of the Advisory Board comprise the Executive Committee. It will transact, but not be limited to, business as directed by the Advisory Board, including handling the business of the Advisory Board between general meetings. Items to be considered for the agenda must be presented to the Chair at least two weeks before the meeting, and must be approved by the Regional Commander of the Advisory Board.

 

MEETINGS

Meetings will be held monthly. Additional meetings may be scheduled if needed. All meetings will be open to the public.

All minutes will be prepared, distributed and filed by the Advisory Board Secretary.

A quorum must be present at any meeting of the Advisory Board to transact business. A quorum is defined as 50 percent of the membership of the Advisory Board at the time of the meeting. A majority vote is required to pass a motion or to make a proposal to the Regional Command.

A minimum of four members present at a meeting will constitute a quorum to transact business. Except as noted else where in these policies and procedures, a simple majority of those present at a meeting are necessary to pass a motion.

Any member missing more than three, (3) meetings in a six-month period without being excused by the Chairperson, will automatically be dropped from the membership. The Regional Commander and Chairperson may remove a member from the board.

A two-thirds majority at any meeting may remove any officer from office, provided said officer does not fulfill his/her obligations.

In the case of a vacancy in any elected office, the Nominating Committee will provide from the Advisory Board membership a slate of nominees at any regular meeting, with elections occurring at the next meeting.

Roberts’ Rules of Order will prevail in any case not covered by these policies and procedures.

 

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT

Any prospective member must live or work in the region of interest, attend 3 consecutive Regional Command Citizens Advisory Board meetings, fill out an application, have a background check completed by the El Paso Police Department. During the 3rd consecutive Regional Command Citizens Advisory Board meeting, the prospective new board member will be voted on. Current Citizen Advisory Board members will be required to attend the Citizens Police Academy Basic Course at a minimum, all 3 courses are preferred.

 

LOCATION DATES AND TIMES

Central Regional Command:

Any prospective member must live or work in the region of interest, attend 3 consecutive Regional Command Citizens Advisory Board meetings, fill out an application, have a background check completed by the El Paso Police Department. During the 3rd consecutive Regional Command Citizens Advisory Board meeting, the prospective new board member will be voted on. Current Citizen Advisory Board members will be required to attend the Citizens Police Academy Basic Course at a minimum, all 3 courses are preferred.

 

Mission Valley Regional Command:

The meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 – 7:15 in the evening in the large conference room located at 9011 Escobar Dr. The meetings are open to the public. For more information please call 915-872-3600.

 

Northeast Regional Command:

The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00 – 7:15 in the evening in the large conference room located at 9600 Dyer St. The quarterly meeting is held off night and off site. We have guest speakers and training conducted at the regular monthly meetings. The meetings are open to the public. For more information please call 915-759-2000.

 

Pebble Hills Regional Command:

The meetings are held on the first Monday of every month from 6:00 – 7:30 in the evening in the large conference room located at 10780 Pebble Hills. The meetings are open to the public. For more information please call 915-599-5500.

 

Westside Regional Command:

The meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5:30 – 7:30 in the evening in the large conference room located at 4801 Osborne Dr. The meetings are open to the public. For more information please call 915-585-6000.

 

CHIEFS BOARD:

The meetings are held on the second Monday of every month from 6:00 – 7:30 in the large conference room located at 911 N Raynor St. This meeting is not open to the public. For more information please call 915-564-7000.

 

 
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