The purpose of the Community Advisory Panel is to improve trust and strengthen understanding between the Hayward Police Department and Hayward community members by creating a structure and venue for open and honest dialogue on police-community relations in the City.
The Panel will be made up of eight to 14 members selected by the Mayor, City Manager and Police Chief from a pool of candidates recommended by the City Council and inclusive of the Hayward community's diverse demographics, perspectives and lived experiences. Membership is open to all City of Hayward residents who are eighteen years or older.
Applicants will be subject to a basic criminal background check equal to one required for a police ride-along or to volunteer with the city that includes arrests and convictions. Record of an arrest or conviction will not necessarily prevent an individual from being selected for or serving on the Panel. Immigration status will not prevent an individual from being selected for or serving on the Panel and immigration status of applicants and Panel members will not be shared with any other federal law enforcement agency.
Panel members are expected to attend regular quarterly meetings and commit additional time to create and carry out a program of community outreach. The group does not have any decision making authority, but will work to achieve the following goals:
Staff support to the Panel will be provided through the Office of the Chief of Poilce with additional assistance provided from the Office of the City Manager.
Contact Lieutenant Dan Olsen for more information