[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Atlantic City 12-12-2018 by Ord. No. 36-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Administration of government — See Ch. 4.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 40, Public Safety Civilian Review Board, adopted 5-23-2012 by Ord. No. 43-2012, as amended.
There is hereby created an Atlantic City Citizens Advisory Board (hereinafter "CAB").
The overall goal of the CAB is to foster communication, inclusiveness, and transparency between the community and the Police Department.
Core membership of the CAB shall be drawn from City of Atlantic City civic associations. Each civic association shall select members to be considered for the Board. Each civic association shall be represented on the Board.
The CAB shall be comprised of membership as follows:
The CAB shall be comprised of 15 members who shall be residents of the City of Atlantic City and shall be appointed as follows:
Six appointments shall be made, one each, from the five civic associations and the Boardwalk Committee.
Three appointments shall be made by City Council.
Three appointments shall be made by the Mayor.
One appointment shall be made by the Atlantic City Board of Education.
Two appointments of youth members, ages 18 to 25, shall be made by majority vote of the other members of the CAB. Youth members shall commit to attend all meetings of the CAB for one year.
CAB members shall serve a minimum of one year. Members shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualified. CAB members' appointment shall only be effective upon formal swearing in.
A member may be removed from service on the CAB by a two-thirds vote of the full membership of the CAB for failure to attend three consecutive CAB meetings.
Vacancies on the CAB shall be reported to the City Clerk, who will then notify the Mayor and City Council that an appointment is needed to fill the unexpired term.
The CAB shall meet at least monthly in executive session, and the Chief of Police shall attend each monthly meeting unless there is good cause given for his absence. If the Chief cannot attend a monthly meeting, the police representative shall be at the level of Deputy Chief.
The CAB shall have quarterly meetings that are open to the public. Minutes and agendas for such public meetings shall be made available to the public.
All appointees shall undergo a criminal history background check to be conducted by the appropriate division of the Atlantic City Police Department. The Atlantic City Police Department will furnish the appropriate forms for the applicant to complete to perform the background check. All appointments or reappointments will be done with the understanding that the appointee certifies he/she has not been convicted of a crime or offense involving moral turpitude. Further, the appointment or reappointment shall be conditioned upon the required background check and any individual who is found to have committed a crime or offense involving moral turpitude shall be subject to removal.
The City shall not bear any financial obligation or responsibility for any disbursement(s) incurred or as a result of activities performed by the CAB.
The City shall establish a link on the City's webpage for citizens to make anonymous praise or complaints concerning the Atlantic City Police Department.
The duties and responsibilities of the CAB shall be as follows:
To receive/compile information from both the Police Department, as determined by the Chief, and the general public so that the CAB can review and report on public safety and law enforcement trends;
To receive/compile information about best practices of law enforcement from around the country, particularly in the area of community policing and development of alternatives to incarceration;
To provide citizens with the opportunity to converse directly with Atlantic City Police leadership regarding public safety concerns;
To provide citizens with the opportunity to give informed feedback on the performance of the Police Department with respect to public safety concerns and quality of police community relations, including but not limited to concerns regarding neighborhood presence, quality and frequency of police contacts, response time, proactive police initiatives;
To encourage candid and collaborative problem solving.