The Oakland Police Commission, created by a ballot initiative, will have broad authority to hire and fire the police chief, discipline officers, and set policy for the department.
The inaugural members of Oakland’s Police Commission hope to make sweeping changes to the city force as part of a new civilian body vested with broad authority over officer discipline and policy-making in the department, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The nine appointees awaiting City Council approval include a Harvard-educated lawyer, a probation manager, a grandfather of six, a former military attorney and a school administrator. They were chosen from a pool of 144 residents vying for a spot on the commission. Based on interviews they gave with a selection panel and the Chronicle, commissioners are likely to take up issues of community policing, training, recruitment, racial profiling, and uncompleted tasks spelled out in a 2003 negotiated court settlement.