Advisory Committee

Call for Police Reform and Reinvention Advisory Committee Members

As part of the Bethlehem Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, the Town is forming an Advisory Committee to help ensure the Collaborative successfully improves trust, fairness, equity, and justice within our community and our police department and addresses any racial bias, discrimination, and disproportionate policing of communities of color.

The role of the committee will evolve as we move through the Collaborative process, but its core mission will be to advise on how we can most effectively engage the community and incorporate community input in the Collaborative process. This committee will not be the only or primary avenue for community input and participation.

The committee’s membership should be diverse and represent a broad range of views and perspectives about our town and our police department. The committee should include members with particular insights into experiences that people of color have had with the police department, and who can offer recommendations on how to improve these interactions.

The Advisory Committee will help shape its own role in the Collaborative process and determine how frequently it meets, but members should anticipate 1-3 virtual meetings each month from September 2020 through March 2021.

Interested Bethlehem residents who are looking to make a positive change in our community should submit a cover letter (resume is optional) explaining why they are interested in participating and what perspectives or specific expertise they would bring to the Advisory Committee. Please direct letters to Robin Nagengast at rnagengast@townofbethlehem.org by Monday, September 14, 2020.


Advisory Committee Roles:

(1) Ensure that the Collaborative process is transparent and effectively gathers and considers community perspectives, experiences, knowledge, and values, with an emphasis on maximizing participation and input.
(2) Ensure that the Collaborative process identifies and addresses patterns of racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.
NOTE:  These roles may be modified during the Collaborative process in consultation with the Advisory Committee and Bethlehem Community.

 

Advisory Committee Members

Biographies of the committee members will be posted after appointments are made on September 23, 2020.