San Jose Independent Police Auditor

Community Trust in Policing Forum

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.

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Speakers and organizations at the Forum

The forum was hosted by the Independent Police Auditor in partnership with Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation with the support of the San Francisco 49ers.

From Local Communities and Organizations

  1. Walter Katz, Independent Police Auditor of San Jose
  2. Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose
  3. Magdalena Carrasco, Councilwoman of District 3
  4. Edgardo Garcia, Chief of the San Jose Police Department

From the City of San Jose

  1. Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers
  2. Panteha Saban, deputy public defender; active in the Muslim community
  3. Priya Murthy, Policy and Advocacy Director, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)
  4. Peter Ortiz, East San Jose native, School Board member for Mount Pleasant School District, and Year Up alum
  5. William Armaline, Director of the SJSU Human Rights Program
  6. Harry Edwards, sociologist, Founder of The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change
  7. Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers
  8. Regina Alexander, PACT The Beloved Community
  9. Russel Bloom, BART Independent Police Auditor
  10. Chandra Brooks, Santa Clara County Commissioner, local activist, and Member of the CA Police Transparency Coalition
  11. Austin Swift, Program Manager,
  12. Emmett Carson, CEO and President, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

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