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File #: ORD-27589    Version: 1 Name: Create Police review Panel
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/20/2007 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/20/2007 Final action: 2/20/2007
Title: Ordinance No. 27589
Attachments: 1. ORD-27589
Related files: RES40622
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ORDINANCE NO. 2 7 5 8 9

AN ORDINANCE relating to the Tacoma Police Department, and implementing
Resolution No. 36536, specifying the procedures for review of
2 citizen-initiated conduct complaints; creating a citizen review panel; and
amending Chapter 1.06 of the Tacoma Municipal Code by adding a new
3 Section 1.06.075, entitled "Police Department Citizen Complaint Oversight."

4 WHEREAS, on June 28, 2005, the City Council adopted
Resolution No. 36536, adopting the recommendations of the Human Rights
Commission ("Commission"), regarding citizen oversight of the Tacoma Police

8 Department ("TPD") and directing the City Manager to implement those

9 recommendations, and

10 WHEREAS the stated purpose of the Commission's recommendations was

11 to improve communication between the TPD and the community, build community
12 trust in the TPD, and improve police accountability, and
WHEREAS the cornerstones of the Commission's recommendations were

1 5 twofold: (1) the review of internal police investigations by an office outside of the

16 TPD that reports directly to the City Manager and (2) the creation of a citizen panel

1 7 to review the outside office's work, engage in community outreach, and conduct

18 policy review, and

19 WHEREAS, upon further review of available resources and other legal and
practical constraints, including the fact that some of the recommendations have

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