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|Councilmember Sharon Ambrose
A BILL IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Councilmember Sharon Ambrose introduced the following bill, which was referred to the Committee on ______
To establish a Citizens' Public Safety Advisory Commission to work with citizens and officials to decrease crime and violent behavior as well as promote citizen education and involvement in improving the conditions of neighborhoods; to monitor and report on services and programs operating in the community that affect and provide for public safety; to advise officials making policy and administrative decisions affecting public safety in the District of Columbia; to maintain a channel of communication as well as promote cooperation and collaboration between citizens and those officials policy and administrative decisions affecting public safety in the District of Columbia; to act as a clearinghouse on problem solving and community outreach; and to advise the legislative entities impacting public safety in the District of Columbia.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Citizens' Public Safety Advisory Commission Act of 1998".
Sec. 2. Definitions.
For the purpose of this act, the term:
(1) "Police Service Area" or "PSA" means the Metropolitan Police Department's division of the District into distinct geographic areas that are served by a specific group of officers assigned to the area.
Sec. 3. Citizens' Public Safety Advisory Committee.
(a) There is hereby established a Citizens' Public Safety Advisory Committee ("CPSAC") to be comprised of no more than 7 voting members. The CPSAC shall be comprised as follows:
(b) Members of the CPSAC shall serve for terms of 2 years. No member shall serve for more than 4 years in any 6-year period. The Police Districts' Citizen Advisory Councils, as set out in subsection (a)(l ) and (2) of this section, shall identify their CPSAC representatives within 45 days after the effective date of this act. To create staggered terms, the initial members shall determine by lot that half shall serve for one year.
(c) All members of the CPSAC shall serve without compensation.
(d) Each member of the CPSAC, voting or non-voting, shall reside within the boundaries of the District of Columbia.
(e) The members of the CPSAC shall meet no later than 90 days of the effective date of this act and shall establish suitable bylaws governing its operations, including provisions for the election of a Chair. Vice-Chair and other offices as deemed necessary, and to consider selection of the non-voting member(s), as identified in subsection (a)(2) of this section.
(f) The CPSAC shall have the following responsibilities:
Sec. 4. Police District Public Safety Advisory Committees.
(a) Each Police District shall have Public Safety Advisory Committee ("PDPSAC") which shall be comprised of:
(b) The PDPSACs shall have the following responsibilities:
Sec. 5. Fiscal authority.
(a) Except as specified in this section, the CPSAC is not entitled to financial support from the District of Columbia.
(b) The Chief of Police for the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department shall provide the CPSAC with adequate meeting and office space, secretarial support of at least one full time staff person, and adequate copying services.
(c) The CPSAC is authorized to apply for and receive grants from government, not-for- profit, and private sector entities or otherwise raise funds and may create a not-for-profit subsidiary to receive and administer such funds. All such funds shall be used for the sole purpose of carrying out the statutory goals of this act.
(d) The CPSAC shall prepare and submit to the Council by September 30th of each year an annual audited financial report.
Sec. 6. Fiscal Impact.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Self-Governmental Reorganization Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code §1-233(c)(3)).
This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), approval by the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority as provided in section 203(a) of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, approved April 17, 1995 (109 Stat. 116; D.C. Code §47-3392.3(a)), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code §1-233(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.
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