Fayetteville PoliceThe Community Police Advisory Board is closer to being finalized and should start in the new year. The board's mission is to provide recommendations to the City Council, City Manager and Police Chief to improve the quality of policing in Fayetteville in a cooperative effort between the community and the police. 

They will be reviewing and recommending policy enhancements to better meet the needs of the community, provide and support a training curriculum that allows for police and community experiences to be shared and understood with greater context and analyze existing public records. 
 
Ideally, this will result in improved perception of procedural justice, and enhance trust in the police. 
 
To have applied for a spot on the board, applicants must be 18 years old or older, live within the City of Fayetteville for at least the last six months, and they will be required to complete the Citizen Police Academy, complete one ride-along and participate in other group learning opportunities.
 
Ten people will be appointed to the board by City Council. Nine will be regular board members and one person will be an alternate member. 23 people have applied. Out of all the applications, a majority had either worked for a police department or worked/volunteered with a police/corrections department at some time. Ten of the applicants stated that they currently reside in Districts 2 and 8. 
The only district that is not represented among the applicants is District 6.
 
The applications were also diverse. Out of all 23 applicants it included six females, eight caucasian applicants, two Hispanic applicants and 13 African-American applicants. They varied in professions but many were either retired military, retired police or working military. 
 
A handful have previously served on a Fayetteville City Board or commission. 
 
In the questionnaire for each applicant, two questions ask what is one thing civilians and police officers can do to promote healthy relationships. 
 
Almost every person replied that officers need to develop relationships within the communities they serve — specifically in areas they are assigned to. Many of the applicants stated that citizens should become more familiar with what police do day-to-day and participate in police-community events.
 
The Appointment Committee will review all 23 applications and forward their top picks for finalists. 
 
City Council will then interview each finalist one-on-one. The nine interview questions, which have already been written out, include the candidate’s involvement with the city, how they perceive the role of the police department and why they want to join the board.
 
According to the charter, City Council members should be looking for candidates who work well with people of opposing viewpoints, can provide constructive criticism, are able to communicate effectively, can recognize conflicts of interest and have a commitment to civilian oversight. 
 
After the interview process is over, the top ten candidates will be voted on during a City Council regular meeting.

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