The Huntsville Police Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) was for formed in June, 2010 by ordinance of the City of Huntsville City Council, on the heels of a use of force incident that created outcry from the community. From our inception we have worked with the department on a variety of issues, ranging from diversity throughout the entire department, recruiting, training, disciplinary issues, and more recently the implementation of tasers and body-worn cameras.
The CAC brings a citizens perspective to the policies and procedures of law enforcement. We hold public meetings throughout the year where members of our community can discuss issues directly with the police that serve them. The CAC is a diverse mix of community leaders who’s primary objective is to improve the relationship between the community and the police department. Members of the CAC are appointed by the City Council, with one representative from each district and the Mayor and the Chief of Police each have two appointments.
Our council will be meeting soon with HPD leaders to get a full appraisal of the actions taken last week. We will listen, but we will also be sharing our own thoughts with the department.
At this time, our number one goal is to hold a public meeting between the community and the department as soon as the current phase of the Safer at Home order is lifted. At that time, we will determine the best way to safely meet with the community.
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