EUREKA- A panel of community members will begin consulting the Eureka Police Department this June.
The Chief’s Advisory Board will be a seven-member panel chosen by the chief of police, mayor and city manager. The board will meet once a month concerning all aspects of the department, including the budget, training, policies, procedures and personnel investigations. The panel could recommend changes to any of these aspects and will provide annual reports to the city manager and city council.
"It's fairly uncommon in cities our size but it's fairly common in major metropolitan areas. The reason I believe it's important is because I believe with transparency comes legitimacy. So the more transparent we are for the greater community, then I think the more legitimate the police are and the greater confidence people have in our ability to police," said Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills.