Community Police Oversight Commission

Meeting Information

Date: 1st Thursday of every month
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Pasadena City Hall Council Chambers
100 N Garfield Ave.  Room S249
Pasadena, CA 91109
Via Zoom: https://cityofpasadena.net/cczoom

Telephone only dial-in: 1-669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 161 482 446

For public comment, please fill out the online speaker card before the start of the agenda item you wish to speak on.

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Media:  Archived Audio & Video Recordings
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Contact Information

Staff Rep: Amanda Fowler
Frankie Gudiel
cpoc@cityofpasadena.net
Phone: 626-744-4141
Mailing Address: City Attorney's Office
Attn: Oversight Commission Support Division
100 N. Garfield Ave., Room N-210
Pasadena, CA 91101

Commission Members

Name Nominating Authority Term Expires
Phillip J. Argento Mayor 6/30/26
Esprit Loren Jones, Chair District 1 6/30/24
Noemi Emeric-Ford District 2 6/30/24
Donald R. Matthews District 3 6/30/26
Barbara Stacy District 4 6/30/24
Raul Ibanez District 5 6/30/26
Paula Verrette, M.D. District 6 6/30/24
Lawrence Lurvey District 7 6/30/26
Alexis Abernethy Community Based Organization 6/30/25
Florence Annang Community Based Organization 6/30/25
Juliana Serrano Community Based Organization 6/30/25

Independent Police Auditor

As part of the City's oversight program, the City contracts with an Independent Police Auditor (IPA), Dr. Richard Rosenthal. Dr. Rosenthal serves as a best practices advisor to the Commission and has unimpeded access to all Police Department personnel complaints and investigations for auditing and reporting purposes, and reviews all categorical uses of force to assess whether the investigation into a use of force was complete, thorough, objective, and fair. Together with the Commission, the IPA recommends changes and additions to department policies, procedures, and officer training.

IPA Independent Reviews Recommendation Tracker

Report a Police Complaint / Compliment

The Independent Police Auditor (IPA) has the ability to review the investigative process and outcome of all Police Department complaints generated internally or by the community. If you would like to be sure the IPA and Commission are aware of your complaint, they encourage you to submit a report via the links above, and ensure that you are given a case number by the Police Department. You can email cpoc@cityofpasadena.net if you have any questions, or to make sure the Commission and IPA are aware of your complaint for auditing purposes.

Composition

11 members, with each City Councilmember nominating one (for a total of eight), and three members nominated from community-based organizations. Further information about the qualifications and duties of commissioners can be found at Pasadena Municipal Code, Chapter 2.60.

Description

The purpose of the Community Police Oversight Commission is to enhance, develop, and strengthen community-police relations, and review and make recommendations regarding the ongoing operations of the police department to the chief of police, city manager, and/or city council.

Terms of Office

Initial members to the Commission have been appointed to terms of one, two, and three years, respectively.  After that, a member's term is three years.  A member shall continue in office for their term until his/her successor is appointed.  No member who has served 2 consecutive terms shall be eligible for reappointment to the commission prior to the passage of a two-year interval.

Additional Resources and Information

This year, a key priority of the Community Police Oversight Commission is to formally and comprehensively review the Pasadena Police Department’s use of pretext stops. This opportunity to make recommendations on their usage was brought to the CPOC when the OIR Group completed its independent review of the August 15, 2020 killing of Anthony McClain, which began as a traffic stop. The OIR Group recommended that the CPOC “should convene community conversations to formally discuss and consider the pros and cons of PPD’s use of pretext stops, especially with regard to minor equipment violations.”

In addition to conducting community forums, round tables, and a community and officer survey, the CPOC and Independent Police Auditor (IPA) commissioned a comprehensive literature review on the subject, which is the first document below. Additionally, the Commission has included other helpful articles and documents that they have compiled or that have been sent to them by community members and experts. If you feel like there is helpful information that is not captured in the literature review or other documents, you can email us at CPOC@cityofpasadena.net.