That Town Meeting hereby establishes a “Civilian Police Advisory Board Study Committee” to be structured, organized, and charged as follows:
Civilian Police Advisory Board Study Committee
I. Committee Membership and Organization
A. The Committee shall consist of (17) members; two (2) of whom shall be non-voting, ex-officio members, and fifteen (15) of whom shall be voting members as follows:
i. Ex-officio members:
• A member of the Select Board or their designee to be determined by such Board for the purposes of administering the organizational meeting only; and
• The Town Counsel or their designee.
ii. Voting members:
• One (1) member of the Envision Arlington Standing Committee as determined by such commission;
• One (1) member of the Arlington Human Rights Commission as determined by such commission;
• One (1) member of the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission as determined by such commission;
• One (1) member of the Disability Commission as determined by such commission;
• One (1) member of the Board of Youth Services; as determined by such Board;
• One (1) designee of the Envision Arlington Diversity Task Group co-chairs;
• One (1) member of the Council on Aging as determined by such Council;
• One (1) member of the Menotomy Manor Tenants Association as determined by such Association;
• One (1) Arlington High School student, as recommended by the AHS Principal;
• One (1) graduate of the Citizens Police Academy, to be appointed by the Chief of Police, based on the recommendation of the program coordinator;
• Three (3) Town Meeting Members, to be appointed by the Town Moderator;
• The Chief of Police or their designee; and
• The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator or their designee.
Appointing authorities shall be encouraged to designate representatives, who reflect racial, ethnic, and other forms of diversity to be found in Arlington.
A majority of voting members shall constitute a quorum, and decisions shall be based on the vote of a simple majority of those committee members present and voting.
iv. Organization and First Meeting
The initial meeting of the Study Committee shall be convened by the designee of the Select Board, and the first order of business shall be the self-organization of the study committee through the election of one or more chairs, whose responsibility shall be to convene and preside over all future meetings, as well as a clerk, whose duties shall include the proper posting of meeting agendas and minutes. The Study Committee shall designate any other officers as it sees fit.
II. Committee Charge & Reporting
A. The Study Committee shall study the creation of alternative mechanisms for civilians to file complaints regarding police interactions, considering various models including a police civilian review board independent from the police department with the authority and resources to receive and investigate complaints. Said committee shall also review police services, examine the experience of comparable communities, and consider the potential impacts of pending legislation.
B. The Study Committee shall report its findings and any recommendations to the 2022 Annual Town Meeting, any earlier Annual or Special Town Meeting, and/or other appropriate administrative, management, or elected or appointed officials.
The study committee will be dissolved concurrent with the dissolution of the 2022 Annual Town Meeting, unless there is a vote of Town Meeting to effectuate an earlier dissolution or to extend the Committee’s charge.
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