Mobile Police Citizens Community Relations Advisory Council
The Mobile Police Citizens Community Relations Advisory Council was created by the Mobile City Council to promote the concept that citizens, communities and the police share common goals of maintenance of law and order, reduction of crime and protection of the community. The Advisory Council acts to promote relationships and understandings necessary to effectively attain this purpose.
The Advisory Council’s responsibilities are:
- Promotion and encouragement of open communications and cooperation between the Mobile Police Department and the citizens of Mobile.
- Develop and make recommendations directed toward informing the community of its rights and responsibilities when coming into contact with police officers.
- Provide an effective means of community participation for citizens to recommend programs designed to make law enforcement sensitive, effective and responsive to the needs of the citizens of Mobile. The Advisory Council provides a community perspective concerning the effectiveness of police services and relations.
- Encourage and foster citizen participation in crime prevention activities.
- Promote productive police and community interaction by assisting the police in achieving a greater understanding of the nature and causes of complex community problems in the areas of diversity and human relations.
- Provide an effective organization that will address the concerns of the community by promoting cooperative citizen-police programs and approaches to the solutions of community crime. Advocate the principle that the administration of justice requires total community involvement and personal responsibility.
- Recommend programs to enhance relations among citizens of the community and the police.
- Keep the City Council apprised of actions taken by the Police Department which create community concern or controversy and make recommendations to the City Council on actions that can be taken to improve relations between the police and the community.
- Strengthen bonds between the Police Department and the community, thereby ensuring equal protection and service for all citizens.
- Hold public meetings from time to time to solicit public input concerning ways to improve communication and partnership between the police and the communities they serve.
- Serve as necessary as a liaison between the police department and the community.
- Encourage active participation among the Community Action Groups and neighborhood associations in improving relationships between the police and the neighborhoods and preventing crimes. Members shall play an active part in encouraging the formation of Community Action Groups and neighborhood associations in areas where they do not exist.
The nine members of the Advisory Council include seven appointed by the City Council, one appointed by the mayor and one appointed by the Chief of Police. Initial members will serve a term that expires on November 1, 2017. New members will serve two years.