Mayor Dobies Proposes Community Police Oversight Commission To Enhance Policing Transparency, Policymaking Processes

Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies speaks as protesters stand in front of the Jackson County Office of the Sheriff and County Jail on Monday, June 1, 2020. (J. Scott Park | MLive.com)

“Our city has always led in matters of transparency and accountability, and our police department’s engagement with the community is unparalleled,” said Mayor DOBIES. “Creating this commission will allow our city to continue our proactive leadership in the smart, equitable, community-oriented policing that the Jackson Police Department strives for and that our community deserves.”

“We shouldn’t wait around for the next crisis to hit, or movement to arise, to have public examination of policies that allow for use of deadly force. It should be ongoing,” said Mayor DOBIES. “And through proactive, public engagement and dialogue we can better moderate any future, unwarranted indignation against local policing; when we agree to rules and processes together, we are better positioned to understand and validate them when they’re applied. That’s how this policy actually supports our men and women in blue.”

Proud father. Devoted husband. Mayor of the City of Jackson, MI.

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Derek Dobies

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Proud father. Devoted husband. Mayor of the City of Jackson, MI.

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