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Denver Police Department Community Advisory Board

Request for Applications

The Denver Police Department highly values its partnership with the community and recognizes that having public engagement creates a successful law enforcement agency. Continuing with Department’s mission to collaborate with the community to make Denver a better and safer place for all its members, DPD invites interested community members to apply to join the Chief’s Community Advisory Board. Selected members of the Chief’s Community Advisory Board will advise the Chief of Police on issues, matters and public policies, which influence or impact the ongoing relationship between the Denver Police Department, and the community we serve.

The Chief’s Community Advisory Board is empowered by the Chief of Police and the Executive Director of Public Safety for the City and County of Denver. This board is initiated by the Chief and Executive Director in recognition of the overwhelming need for the community and police to work together, in a collaborative and cooperative way, to best serve all the people of the City and County of Denver.

To carry out its duty and responsibility, the Chief’s Community Advisory Board will at a minimum;

  • Demonstrate an ongoing and credible participation and communication within Denver's communities.
  • Engage in two-way communication with their community constituency, advocating for their perspective, ideas and concerns; as well as serving as a responsible conduit for communicating and updating their community on police actions and decisions.
  • Promote and engage in ongoing community engagement.
  • Assume an active role in police community discussions, recommendations and strategy to enhance the social, economic and political interests of the community.
  • Build coalitions intended to strengthen the ongoing relationships between the police and the community.
  • Function in the role of part think tank and part action group; making recommendations to the Chief about relevant issues in the community.

1.       Membership, qualifications and terms

a.       Preference given to individuals able to demonstrate an active presence and representation within the community. 

b.       Willing and able to devote 2-4 hours a month of volunteer, non-reimbursed and non-compensated time.

c.       The terms of the members shall be two years; the terms shall be staggered so that one-half of the members are appointed each year.  In the event of a death or resignation of any member, the successor shall be appointed in the manner provided for original appointment, to serve for the unexpired portion of the term for which such member has been appointed

d.       A convener will be appointed by the Chief.  This convener must be acceptable to 60% of the board.

e.       The board will, at a minimum, meet on a bi-monthly basis, at regularly scheduled times.  Additional meetings may be called at the discretion of the convener after consultation with the Chief, by a majority of the board, or by the Chief.

f.        A simple majority (half plus one) of the appointed board will represent quorum.  A quorum must be present to conduct a board meeting.  A simple majority of those present will be required to forward any recommendation to the Chief.

g.       The Code of Ethics of the City and County of Denver will be used as a guiding resource document to determine if a conflict of interest exists.

h.       Board members are expected to participate on a regular basis.  An absence from three meetings in a twelve-month period may constitute reason for removal from the board.

i.         A board member may resign his or her position at any time by providing written notification to the convener.

j.         The Chief or convener with consultation from the Chief may remove a member from the board for inappropriate conduct prior to the expiration of their term.  Before removing a board member, the person proposing removal must specify the reason for removal and give the board member the opportunity to make a personal explanation.

2.       Method of Appointment

a.       Each board must consist of no less than seven board members and no more than twenty-one board members. 

b.       Members of the board shall mirror, as much as possible, the demographics and different communities of the City and County of Denver, and shall be inclusive of Denver’s community. 

c.       There will be an open application process available for interested civilians.  Recommendations to this board are encouraged but not required.

3.       Communication and engagement expectations

a.       Board members will demonstrate actively involved collaborative communication between the police and community, especially in times of tension or crisis.

b.       All advisory board meetings will be private and by invitation or membership only.  Reports and recommendations will be public.

Interested applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the attached application and questionnaire. The completed application package must be submitted Lieutenant John MacDonald at DPDChiefAdvisoryBoard@DenverGov.org no later than Friday, June 23, 2017.

Community Advisory Board Application

Applicant Questionaire