Implement Hybrid Police Oversight Model and Citywide DEI Efforts

Goal Background

Following the May 25th, 2020, murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, race relations and police use of force policies have become a focus in communities across the country. To address requests from community members and start these conversations locally, the City hosted a community engagement and listening forum followed by community-led listening sessions. After hearing from and listening to the community, the City hired a professional facilitator and established an Ad Hoc Community Advisory Committee (AHCAC). The AHCAC’s purpose was to discuss race relations in Petaluma, make recommendations to the City Council to improve them, help bring the community together, identify opportunities for meaningful change, and promote inclusion in Petaluma. On April 4th, 2022, the City Council provided direction on the implementation of the City’s Council Priorities in response to the recommendations of the AHCAC. This top 10 goal is the implementation.

The first milestone, Develop and Issue Independent Police Auditor (IPA) Request for Proposal (RFP), has been completed. The draft RFP was presented to City Council on September 12th. The second milestone, Select Independent Police Auditor, is in progress. Interviews are underway with consultants.


*Please note the City of Petaluma's fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. 

Milestone Description
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Estimated Completion

Progress Status Q1 July-Sept 2022 Q2 Oct-Dec 2022 Q3 Jan-Mar 2023 Q4 Apr-Jun 2023 Q1 Jul-Sept 2023 Q2 Oct-Dec 2023 Q3 Jan-Mar 2024 Q4 Apr-Jun 2024 FY25 & Beyond
Develop and Issue Ind. Police Auditor RFP FY23 Q1 Complete
Select Independent Police Auditor FY23 Q2 Complete
Develop and Issue DEI Consultant RFP FY23 Q3 Current
Select DEI Consultant FY23 Q4 Upcoming
Establish selection process for Public Safety Advisory Group FY23 Q4 Current
Develop CALEA accreditation strategic plan / staffing model FY23 Q4 Upcoming
Receive IPA annual report - staff, Council, community, advisory group FY24 Q3 Upcoming
Complete CALEA 1st year self-accreditation process FY24 Q4 Upcoming
Complete Years 2 and 3 CALEA process and IPA annual reports FY25+ Upcoming
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