The Police Oversight Advisory Working Group was created to advise City management in the development of recommendations to enhance Austin’s current police oversight system. Members of the working group include representatives from City of Austin departments and various community organizations.

Overview

On March 22, 2018, the City Council passed a resolution directing the City Manager to develop evidence-based best practices regarding police oversight and report back to Council with any recommendations that would improve the effectiveness, transparency, and efficiency of our current system. In doing so, Council directed the City Manager to consult with various stakeholders including the Office of the Police Monitor, the Police Department, law enforcement accountability offices, interested community organizations and various Boards and Commissions.

In order to carry out Council’s direction to the City Manager, the Police Oversight Advisory Working Group was created to advise City management in the development of recommendations to enhance Austin’s current police oversight system. Members of the working group include representatives from City of Austin departments and various community organizations. The purpose of the Police Oversight Advisory Working Group is to advise the City of Austin executive management with recommendations to improve the effectiveness, transparency, and efficiency of our current police oversight system. The working group is tasked with analyzing data, evaluating best practices, and drafting a proposal for consideration by the City Manager and City Council.

 

Advisory Working Group Documents

Working Group Final Report (PDF)

— Community Forum Flyer English (PDF)

— Community Forum Flyer Spanish (PDF)

Summary of Community Feedback (PDF)

User Research Project:  How might we help the Office of the Police Monitor make the complaint process more accessible and responsive to public needs?

— Video presentation Transforming The Office of the Police Monitor's Complaint Process

 

 

Police Oversight Advisory Working Group Members

  • Farah Muscadin - Office of the Police Monitor
  • Matt Simpson - American Civil Liberties Union
  • Dominic Gonzales - Former Citizen Review Panel
  • Alexis Gonzales - Former Citizen Review Panel
  • Nelson Linder - NAACP 
  • Quincy Dunlap - Austin Urban League 
  • Eric Jones - Austin Urban League
  • Yvonne Massey Davis - Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities Civil and Criminal Justice Committee
  • Amber Vasquez - Austin Criminal Defense Bar  
  • Chas Moore - Austin Justice Coalition 
  • Chris Harris - Grassroots Leadership
  • Cary Roberts - Greater Austin Crime Commission 
  • Rebecca Webber - Public Safety Commission 
  • Noel Landuyt - Public Safety Commission
  • Kristian Cabello - Human Rights Commission
  • Sylvia Flores - Labor Relations Office
  • Chief Brian Manley - Austin Police Department
  • Asst. Chief Troy Gay - Austin Police Department
  • Chris Perkins - Austin Police Association
  • Scott Askew - Austin Police Association