PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR RESPECTIVE NETWORKS!
We have an opportunity to amplify our voices at the Phoenix City Council Formal Meeting to be held at 2:30 PM, November 18, 2020 about the selection of the Director for the Office of Accountability & Transparency. The purpose of this important Ordinance and Office is to create open, honest reporting and communication with the Community and the Police Department.
We need a very high level of participation for this meeting and have provided the talking points and steps.
Here are your Talking Points Related to the Office of Accountability & Transparency
The selection of a Civilian is imperative because of the purpose and the drive by the community to have the best Police Department in a large city and to show partnership, collaboration and leadership.
To have a Law Enforcement Professional leading the Office of Accountability & Transparency assumes only “Law Enforcement will understand” and does not allow the expertise of highly qualified civilians with investigative skills & highly effective leadership experience to be considered. This is an opportunity to gain trust in and build relationships between the community and create transformational change to the very culture that we seek to hold to a higher level of accountability, transparency and excellence in Community Policing.
We are asking you, City Council to use your leadership to consider the importance of the Office of Accountability & Transparency, the opportunity for our City to take lessons learned and examine best practices to create an exemplary Office & Civilian Review Board Process that will make us an example of how our Police and Community serve, protect, learn from and respect each other. The Office will be able to design and establish a sense of caring for our police & community, and to show constant improvement of our people, processes, procedures by providing information and opportunities to be heard in a fair and objective way.
Please vote in favor of the Ordinance that allows the Office of Accountability & Transparency to exist & the selection of a well-respected, inclusive, emotionally intelligent and highly qualified Civilian to be Director of the Office of Accountability &Transparency.
Thank You for Your Time and Consideration.
How [You] Citizens can Participate
Before the Meeting, we need you to contact City Council Representatives to voice support for the Office of Accountability & Transparency.
The contact information for your City Council Member is in the link below.
Call Your Assigned City Council Member ( Ensure they are in support & understand your position)
Call City Councilman Michael Nowakowski (ALL will need to call due to opposition)
Call City Councilwoman Betty Waring (ALL will need to call due to opposition)
Call City Councilman Sal DiCicio (ALL will need to call due to opposition)
Phone Numbers for Each City Council person are in the link below:
Day of The Meeting - Guidelines for being heard – You Speak
Citizens may only speak when recognized. In compliance with the Open Meeting Law, speakers should confine their statements to the issue on the posted agenda which is before the council. Speakers are also requested to limit their comments to approximately two minutes or as designated by the mayor. Additionally, speakers are required to follow proper decorum. Speakers must use appropriate language; foul and/or abusive language will not be tolerated. Any speaker failing to follow proper decorum or any other guidelines may be asked to leave.
Follow The Steps to Participate During COVID19
PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix is making it easier for citizens to participate in City Council meetings that have restricted access during the coronavirus pandemic.
The city announced a e-Comment system that will let residents speak remotely or post comments online during meetings.
Phoenicians can sign up to speak or comment up to an hour before a meeting’s start time by clicking the comment icon on the City Council meetings web page
As always, City Council meetings are streamed live on the city government’s website and YouTube page and broadcast on the Phoenix Channel 11 cable station.