The Community Advisory Panel was created to provide the Chief of Police and Hayward Police Department with direct community input, and provide community members with direct access to the Chief about perceived issues related to the department, the formation of strategies and concepts around community policing, to increase public awareness, and provide neutral, third-party insight that supports a productive and inclusive exchange of ideas to be considered in the department’s decision-making process.
Community Advisory Panel Members
Role of Community Advisory Panel Members
- Acting as a sounding board of the Chief of Police regarding community needs and concerns; as well as provide community feedback about proposed police programs and priorities
- Apprising the Chief of Police directly of the community’s vision for police services or of the need to discuss a police policy or procedure.
- Connecting with community members, particularly persons or communities who may be reluctant to approach the department on their own, to better understand the needs of the community and how the Hayward Police Department can support meeting those needs.
- Advising the Chief of Police directly about the public perception or perceived image of the Hayward Police Department or any specific aspect of it.
The scope of the panel does not include participation in departmental disciplinary actions, legal issues, ongoing criminal or internal investigations, or active critical incidents. The panel does not make or dictate department policy and is not a policy-making body.
Staff support to the Panel is provided through the Office of the Chief of Police with additional assistance provided from the Office of the City Manager.
Contact Lieutenant Dan Olsen or Management Analyst Laurel James for more information:
Documents and Meeting Recordings
Community Advisory Panel Charter:
Manuals and Policy Documents:
Public Meeting Recordings and Materials:
The meeting was intended to provide an opportunity for honest dialogue about police-community relations in Hayward. It was hosted by Advisory Panel members and Mayor Barbara Halliday, and facilitated by Police Chief Toney Chaplin and City Manager Kelly McAdoo.
The special event was held online rather in person due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, and restrictions on public gatherings contained in the current Alameda County Health Officer shelter-in-place order.