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FOUNDING DOCUMENT / June 30, 2009
Maintaining public safety and order is a first priority in an organized society, and political subdivisions designate police units to perform that function. Carrying out the police role effectively depends on sustained understanding and communication between the police unit and the related community.
Confirming its long commitment to a positive community-police relationship, the Riley County Police Department formally established a Community Advisory Board in July 2009. The Board is a group of citizens chosen to 1) serve as a communications link between the Department and the public, 2) help improve public understanding of the Department role, and 3) advise the Department on issues, opportunities, and policies.
In carrying out those functions, the CAB is guided by the principle that the Riley County Police Department serves to ensure the security of persons and property and to maintain public order and safety, always guided by the highest standards of professional police practice.
ARTICLE 1 NAMEThe name of this group shall be the Community Advisory Board for the Riley County Police Department hereinafter referred to as the CAB.
ARTICLE II MISSIONAs a group of citizens representative of Riley County's diverse population, the CAB is established to help the Riley County Police Department and the entire county community by:
ARTICLE III OBJECTIVESIn keeping with its mission, the CAB shall formulate specific objectives based on current considerations and intended to benefit the Department and the citizens in its jurisdiction through a positive police community relationship. Objectives are recorded in the CAB's minutes and are subject to periodic revision.
ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP
1. Number of Members: The Community Advisory Board shall consist of no less than nine and no more than twelve members.2. Eligibility for Membership: Only those persons who are legal residents of Riley County or who are representatives of entities located in Riley County shall be eligible for membership. The CAB may consider persons from neighboring counties who are impacted by the services of the RCPD.3. Appointment: CAB members may nominate individuals for appointment to the CAB. The RCPD Director has the authority to appoint new members.4. Term of Membership: Members of the CAB shall be appointed for a term of three years with no more than one third of the terms to expire each year. Members may be reappointed for a second term at the discretion of the RCPD Director. Terms are for the calendar year.5. Ex officio Members: The RCPD Director shall be an ex officio, non-voting, member of the CAB. The Director or the Director's designee is a participant in all CAB meetings.6. Attendance: A member who fails to attend three consecutive regular meetings without an adequate reason for such absences may be subject to removal from the CAB.7. Resignation: A member may resign at any time by giving written notice to the RCPD Director or the Chair of the CAB.8. Declaration of Vacancy: A simple majority of the members present at any duly called meeting of the CAB at which a quorum is present may recommend to the RCPD Director that a vacancy be declared for a member for cause. Cause may include a member's failure to attend sufficient meetings or to properly discharge his or her responsibilities as a member of the CAB. Vacancies created by such termination may be filled by the RCPD Director upon recommendation by the CAB.9. Conflict of Interest: Should any member of the CAB be financially or otherwise closely associated with any issue that comes before the CAB, said member shall disqualify himself or herself from consideration of the issue and shall not sit with the CAB during such consideration. The member with the conflict of interest may nevertheless speak as a member of the public concerning the issue during the course of the matter, and his or her comments shall be considered by the CAB in the same manner as all other comments by members of the public.10. Privileges and Limitations of Membership: The CAB is an advisory group, and it has no power to establish policy nor does it have any role in RCPD operations. Members serve on the CAB voluntarily and are not considered RCPD employees nor are they entitled to benefits associated with employment by the RCPD. CAB members shall be bound by a requirement for confidentiality defined in a document executed as a condition of appointment.
ARTICLE V OFFICERSThe officers of the CAB shall include a Chair and a Vice Chair. There shall exist a presumption of succession in which the Vice Chair assumes the Chair position in the year following service as Vice Chair. At the first meeting of the year the Vice Chair shall be elected by a majority vote from among the CAB membership. Upon election, the Vice Chair shall immediately assume office. Officers may serve for a term of one year and no more than two successive one-year terms. The minutes of the meetings will be recorded by a RCPD staff member and shared with the CAB members..
ARTICLE VI DUTIES OF OFFICERS1. Duties of the Chair. The Chair shall:
2. Duties of the Vice Chair. The Vice Chair shall:
ARTICLE VII MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES, PRIVILEGES, AND LIMITATIONS1. The CAB meets and confers with the RCPD Director or the Director's designee concerning law enforcement needs, opportunities, and concerns.2. The CAB refers to the RCPD Director or the Director's designee all questions requiring clarification of policy and provides the Department with citizens' reactions to police procedures, policies, and performance.3 The CAB communicates information to other community residents and seeks citizens' input on issues, opportunities, and concerns to be brought to the attention of the Department.4. The CAB actively participates in discussions, special projects, programs, events, activities, or acts as otherwise necessary to fulfill the CAB's mission as set forth in Article II.5. The CAB is not empowered to establish policy or investigate charges or operational matters of the RCPD, although these areas may be topics of discussion between the CAB and the RCPD Director at the regularly scheduled meetings.
ARTICLE VIII COMMITTEESThe CAB may create ad hoc committees as needed to carry out specific assignments or otherwise to accomplish the CAB mission and objectives. The chair of each such committee shall be a voting member of the CAB.
ARTICLE IX QUORUM AND VOTING1. Quorum. To conduct the regular business of the CAB a simple majority of the current membership shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum is not present after the scheduled meeting time, the meeting will be rescheduled.2. Actions. All actions by the CAB are preferred to be decided by consensus. If necessary, actions may be put before the members in the form of a motion, duly seconded and voted upon by at least a quorum of the members.3. Voting. Voting is by voice or by show of hands at the discretion of the Chair. Votes may only be taken at a properly announced meeting at which a quorum is present. Unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws the passage of any item shall require a simple majority vote of those in attendance. Each member present, including officers, shall be entitled to one vote. Voting by absentee ballot, proxy, facsimile transmission, or e-mail shall not be permitted.
ARTICLE X REGULAR MEETINGSRegularly scheduled meetings shall be held throughout the year. The frequency and specific calendar of meetings shall be determined by consensus at the first meeting of the year and shall include a first meeting date for the following calendar year. Notification of all regular meetings shall be provided to all members no less than seven days prior to said meetings. An agenda will be prepared for each meeting. Any CAB member may suggest that an item be placed on the agenda; however, the majority of the quorum present or the Chair will decide on agenda items. If the Chair and Vice Chair are both absent at any meeting of the CAB, the CAB will elect a Chair pro tempore to serve for that meeting.
ARTICLE XI SPECIAL MEETINGSSpecial meetings for any purpose may be called by the Chair or the Vice Chair or by a majority of the CAB members. Notification of all special meetings shall be posted no less than five days prior to said meetings. Special meetings shall be conducted in the same manner as a regular meeting but shall be limited to the conduct of business specifically set forth in the notice.
ARTICLE XII PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND COMMENTThe public is welcome to participate in meetings of the Community Advisory Board. The Board values public input and encourages individuals to take advantage of the public comment portion of the monthly meetings to express their opinions of matters of public concern. To allow fair treatment and equal opportunity for all who wish to participate, comments from the public will normally be limited to fifteen minutes. The Chairman of the Board may establish other guidelines as he/she deems necessary based upon the number of those wishing to speak, the time available, and other factors.
ARTICLE XIII ADOPTION OF BYLAWSThese Bylaws shall be declared adopted when passed by three-quarters vote of the entire CAB membership. Voting for adoption of Bylaws by absentee ballot, facsimile transmission, or e-mail shall be permitted. As needed, these Bylaws may also be amended in the same way, provided members have received written notice of the proposed amendment(s) at least thirty days before the voting due date.
The CAB identifies with and is guided by the values of the Riley County Police Department as set forth in Section 2 of the RCPD policy statement entitled: Written Directive System (last revised November 24, 2008).
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In response to the charge by the Director of the Riley County Police Department this founding document is adopted by the Community Advisory Board ad hoc Committee -- Trent Armbrust, Jarold Boettcher, John Carlin, Mo Hosni, Robert Kruh, Belinda McMillan-Snyder, Richard Pitts, Kathy Pauls, Tiffany Powell
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Yes. Members of the CAB are available to speak at community group functions. We can tailor our presentation to the time amount available for your particular group.
The CAB advises RCPD on community concerns and relays information about RCPD to the public.
No. Its role is to advise the department with input from the public.
The CAB Chair reports periodically to the Law Board on its activities; and the Law Board approves the CAB by-laws.
From the beginning, efforts have been made to develop a group that represents a cross-section of the Riley County public, with members from a variety of business, geographic and cultural communities. Members of the CAB can nominate candidates to serve on the Board. Members are appointed by the Director of the Riley County Police Department.
The Community Advisory Board encourages the public's input: email the CAB.
To be added to an upcoming meeting agenda you may email CAB Chairman by clicking here or contact RCPD Executive Offices Manager Nichole Glessner at (785) 537-2112 ext 2468.
To be added to an upcoming meeting agenda you may request it through the CAB Chairman by emailing the CAB.
The Riley County Police Department serves to ensure the security of persons and property and to maintain public order and safety, always guided by the highest principles of professional police practices.
As a group of citizens representative of Riley County's diverse population, the CAB is established to help the Riley County Police Department and the entire county community by:
In the Fall of 2008, Director Brad Schoen of the Riley County Police Department formed an Ad-Hoc Community Advisory Board which held its first meeting in early March of 2009. The purpose of the Ad Hoc Committee was to develop the by-laws and mission statement for the Community Advisory Board. The members of the Ad Hoc Committee were Director Schoen, Belinda Snyder, Jerry Boettcher, Mo Hosni, Bob Kruh, Tiffany Powell, John Doehling, John Carlin, Kathy Pauls, Richard Pitts and Trent Armbrust. The Ad Hoc Committee met again in April where Director Schoen charged the Ad Hoc Committee with the responsibility to develop a mission statement which "establishes as the CAB's purpose a partnership between the Riley County Police Department and the community which are designed to address areas of concern to either or both", and to "establish by-laws under which the CAB functions."
The Ad Hoc Committee met again in May of 2009 to discuss the charge given by Director Schoen and again in June and July, working to develop the mission statement and by-laws. Solicitation of members for the newly formed Community Advisory Board was initiated by Director Schoen in August of 2009, following presentation for approval by Director Schoen to the Riley County Law Board. As a part of the process, all members of the Community Advisory Board would be required to sign an Ethics and Confidentiality agreement, to be filed with the Riley County Police Department.
Member solicitation occurred in the months of August through December of 2009, and the initial members of the CAB were established and held their first meeting in January of 2010. Founding members of the Board are Mo Hosni, Jerry Boettcher, Jeff Levin, Steve Hargrave, Tiffany Powell, Dick Seaton, Heather Lansdowne, Trent Armbrust, Clay Taylor, Chris Ferris and Kathleen Greene. A student representative from Kansas State University serves as a position designated through the Student Government Association. Membership of the CAB is designed to be representative of the broad community, including Manhattan and the surrounding area, Kansas State University, Fort Riley, and to be consistent with the diversity of Riley County.