About the Community Trust in Policing Forum
On January 21, 2017, the Independent Police Auditor of San Jose brought together a diverse group of residents, civic leaders, and police officers to map out solutions in a Community Trust in Policing Forum.
The Forum tackled difficult issues on a tumultuous weekend of protests. Improving community trust in local police has always touched upon race, citizenship, mental health, and more. Now, as the tensions between local and national politics increase, so has the significance of these issues.
The Independent Police Auditor (IPA) hosted the Community Trust in Policing Forum in partnership with Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation with the support of the San Francisco 49ers. A wide range of stakeholders were invited, all of whom are needed to help San Jose become a national leader in community-police relations. Participants included local residents, families who had lost loved ones to police shootings, community-based organizations, local law enforcement leaders, and city officials. Speakers included Chief of Police Edgardo Garcia, community leaders, and national experts on subjects of race, sociology, and policy.
My90’s role in the Community Trust in Policing Forum
Participant feedback was a critical part of the event, and will be used to help build the foundation of a community-driven strategy to measurably improve local community-police relations in terms of engagement, trust, and safety.
Attendees sent and received 1,513 anonymous my90 text messages throughout the course of the event to share feedback, questions, and solutions. My90 offered participants a chance to answer targeted questions and discuss general viewpoints about the San Jose Police Department, the IPA, and the City of San Jose. Participants shared feedback about proposed policy changes, speakers’ remarks, participatory breakout sessions, and their own personal interactions with local police officers.