In response to numerous community requests, City Council held a Special Meeting on June 15, 2020 for the purpose of hearing from the public on Police Department policies and budget. After significant public comment, City Council authorized the Mayor to sign Former President Barack Obama’s Mayor’s Pledge (“Pledge”). The Pledge commits mayors, city councils and police oversight bodies to the following actions:
- Review police use of force policies.
- Engage communities by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in the review.
- Report the findings of the review to the community and seek feedback.
- Reform the police use of force policies.
City Council also received substantial feedback from the community on the allocation of police resources. There was an overwhelming number of comments from all aspects of the issue of redistributing police services and responsibilities.
Culver City Police Operations and Data Analysis Report
The City of Culver City contracted with the Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM), as part of the public safety review process, to conduct a workload and deployment analysis of the Culver City Police Department, review its staffing levels and organizational structure, and provide recommendations for industry best practices related to core police functions.
CPSM's Culver City Police Operations and Data Analysis Report is now available online(PDF, 8MB).
Additionally, the City retained Mr. Saul Sarabia to examine racial equity as it relates to public safety. Mr. Sarabia's final report is anticipated to be finalized and released to the public in early January. Both reports will be presented at the January 25, 2021 City Council Meeting for discussion and direction to staff.
Background - City Council Discussion
City Council approved at its July 13, 2020 meeting two proposed processes related to public safety: 1) a plan to review and reallocate public safety resources, services and budgets and 2) a review of the police department’s use of force policy.
The City Manager’s Office will review the Culver City Police Department Policy 300 and 301 with the City’s Government Alliance on Race and Equity team (also known as GARE) and the Chief Advisory Panel. Community feedback will also be solicited through listening sessions and a public survey. Upon conclusion of the process, the findings will be brought back to City Council for review of any proposed revisions and for further direction.
City Council also discussed and approved the framework to re-imagine police services. Council provided broad guidance on the project which included an aspirational 50% budget reduction goal, an internal group working with consultants, and incorporating members of the Chief Advisory Panel, the Finance Advisory Committee, the General Plan Advisory Committee and the GARE team to develop recommendations for City Council’s consideration within the next 90 days. A copy of the Staff Report is available online.
September 24, 2020 Finance Advisory Committee Meeting
September 24, 2020 Finance Advisory Committee Meeting-Special Meeting to Review Public Safety Agenda
September 17, 2020 General Plan Advisory Committee Meeting to Review Public Safety
September 17, 2020 General Plan Advisory Committee-Special Meeting to Review Public Safety Agenda
City Manager's Office Update
GPAC Meeting 9: Public Safety
Race Forward Presentation
Care First, Jails Last. Health and Racial Justice Strategies for Safer Communities Presentation
September 10, 2020 Chief's Advisory Panel Meeting
LA County Mental Health Emergency Outreach Bureau Field Response Operations(PDF, 39KB)
Mobile Crisis Intervention Services - A New Model for First Responders(PDF, 19MB)
August 20, 2020 Public Safety Review Community Meeting
Meeting Agenda(PDF, 120KB)
Meeting PowerPoint(PDF, 470KB)
Gov Delivery Invitation
City Manager's Public Safety Review Presentation
Culver City Police Department's Presentation(PDF, 338KB)
Million Dollar Hoods Presentation(PDF, 2MB)
August 6, 2020 Chief's Advisory Panel Meeting
Meeting Agenda(PDF, 122KB)
July 23, 2020 Chief's Advisory Panel Meeting
Meeting PowerPoint(PDF, 470KB)
Police Department Organizational Chart, July 22, 2020(PDF, 109KB)
Report - Recommendations to Advance Racial Equity and Social Justice Preliminary Report - Solidarity Consulting(PDF, 156KB)
PowerPoint Presentation - Culver City Review of Public Safety Services: Recommendations to Advance Racial Equity and Social Justice Presentation - Solidarity Consulting(PDF, 127KB)
Policing Transitional-Aged Youth in Culver City - An analysis of arrests by the Culver City Police Department (2016-2018) A Million Dollar Hoods Project(PDF, 7MB)
Public Safety Review-City Manager's Office Recommendations - October 12, 2020(PDF, 97KB)
Culver-City-Review-of-Public-Safety-Services - Recommendations to Advance Racial Equity and Social Justice - Final Report - January 18, 2021(PDF, 459KB)