At the Jan. 25 City Council meeting the city council will receive the report on our Community Discussions on Police Use of Force in Tualatin. The purpose of the conversation was to review our police department’s use of force policies in light of feedback from our community and national movements calling for reform. The City is committed to being actively anti-racist and working with residents to evaluate and make any necessary changes to city policies/practices.
Each of the three sessions had a different agenda. In the first session, Police Chief Steele, Patrol Services Captain Greg Pickering and Patrol Sergeant Chris Turner provided a presentation about the police department’s operations and the use of force policies. The second session answered questions from community members on police operations and the use of force policies. At the third session residents provided open-ended feedback, suggestions and calls to action. All three sessions were recorded and have been posted on the City’s website, www.tualatinoregon.gov/citycouncil/community-conversations-police-use-force-policies.
You still have time to comment before the meeting and report presentation. Please send an email or text to Megan George at firstname.lastname@example.org or (971) 201-1571. Thank you to community members who participated, asked terrific questions, and provided suggestions. They will be included in the report that Council will review and discuss. I encourage you to watch the meeting on Zoom and participate with resident comments. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands often and keep physically distant. We are all looking forward to wide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines so that our community can return to normal in 2021. The vaccines are a reason for hope, but we must continue to be conscientious of our actions and behavior. Happy new year.