The task force reviewed issues related to minimum qualifications for peace officers, decertification of peace officers, use of force, and addressing mental health and substance abuse populations' needs. Task force members were briefed on the pillars of 21st Century Policing by Cal Cities board member Chris Catren, chief of police for the Redlands Police Department. The California Police Chiefs Association also provided a briefing to task force members.
Recommendations developed by the task force are meant to inform and guide Cal Cities' advocacy on police reform. They will be considered during the April 15 Cal Cities Public Safety Policy Committee meeting before moving on to the full Cal Cities Board of Directors for consideration.
The Cal Cities Board of Directors voted in December 2020 to create the task force to provide feedback and recommendations on public safety policy priorities, Cal Cities policies, recent legislative activity, and proposed legislation.
Cal Cities President Cheryl Viegas Walker appointed to the task force 22 city leaders from across the state with a breadth of experience working on public safety issues.
For additional information, please reach out to Cal Cities Legislative Representative Elisa Arcidiacono
or Policy Analyst Caroline Cirrincione