Police Conduct Oversight Commission
The Commission assures that police services are delivered in a lawful and nondiscriminatory manner and provides the public with meaningful participatory oversight of police policy and procedure. Commission members have a variety of responsibilities including shaping police policy, auditing cases, engaging the community in discussions of police procedure, and facilitating cultural awareness trainings for the Minneapolis Police Department.
NACOLE Code of Ethics
The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Code of Ethics (PDF), adopted Nov. 12, 2013
In order to stagger the expiration of terms, the original appointments of commissioners shall be for one (1) or two (2) years, as determined by the City Clerk. Thereafter, appointments shall be for two (2) years.
- Minneapolis residency is required
- Applicants may not be currently or previously employed by the Minneapolis Police Department
- References may be provided and will be checked
All Police Conduct Oversight Commission members must:
- Have the ability to read, apply logic and evaluate complex information and compare it to existing rules, laws, or procedures for the purpose of conducting audits of cases involving police misconduct;
- Have excellent writing skills;
- Have competent communication and presentations skills for reporting the results of research to the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Health Committee of the City Council;
- Facilitate, along with the police department, appropriate cultural awareness training for sworn officers as determined by the commission;
- Contribute to the performance review of the Chief of Police;
- Create and implement a community outreach program and coordinate outreach activities with the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights;
- Be willing to engage in community outreach events with the public;
- Not have a pending complaint against the Minneapolis Police Department or have filed a complaint within the past five years;
- Conduct themselves with integrity and maturity when dealing with emotionally charged matters;
- Show a strong commitment to community service;
- Have the ability to communicate with people of all levels of education and backgrounds;
- Be willing to work with the Minneapolis Police Department when reviewing practice and procedures; and
- Be able to complete training regarding police use of force, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Open Meeting Laws, and the Minnesota Public Employee Labor Relations Act.
Applications are received by the City Clerk and forwarded to the Mayor, the Chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights & Health Committee, and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights staff for recommendation. Selected applicants are then scheduled to speak at a public hearing in front of the Public Safety, Civil Rights & Health (PSC&H) Committee. Applications are then forwarded from the PSC&H Committee to the full Council for approval.
Commission Appointment Cycle
The Police Conduct Oversight Commission meets once per month. Meetings may be conducted in the evening or on weekends. All meetings will be televised. Commission members are compensated $50.00 for each day when the member attends one or more meetings, and shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of duties in the same manner and amount as other city boards and commission members.
The current appointment cycles for the Police Conduct Review Panel and Police Conduct Oversight Commission are closed; we are not currently accepting applications.
For email alerts on current opening information, please visit: City Clerk’s Office - Boards, Commissions and Advisory Committees
The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals or agencies working to establish or improve oversight of police officers in the United States. For more information on the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, visit http://nacole.org/
Last updated Dec. 5, 2013