Learn More About the Commission

General Statement of Duties
The Eugene Police Commission is a twelve-member volunteer body that acts in an advisory capacity to city council, the chief of police and the city manager on police policy and resource issues. The commission was created in 1998 and charged by city ordinance to facilitate communication between the community and police, increase public understanding of police policies and practices, and provide input on police policies and procedures that reflect community values and resource priorities. However, the police commission does not review complaints related to the actions of individual police officers.

Selection Process
Nominations to serve on the commission are made by the mayor. The Eugene City Council approves membership appointments.  A city staff person is assigned to support the commission in carrying out its work plan and coordinate other activities directed by a majority of commissioners. Further information on recruitment and selection procedures is available here.

Responsibilities / Duties Performed 
  • Read packet material prior to attending meetings; be prepared to discuss issues.
  • Develop and help implement annual work plan.
  • Discuss issues and develop recommendations that are consistent with community values related to police policies, practices and resource allocations.
  • Share relevant information/perspectives from other community groups, organizations and/or constituencies with the commission.
  • Represent the commission at public events, other organizational meetings, or with the media.
  • Serve on temporary committees or task groups that address specific work plan items.
  • Commission leaders attend agenda setting meetings.
Time Requirements
Terms of service are four years. Some members may be appointed to fill the remaining term of a commissioner who has resigned.

Time commitments typically include: 
  • Preparation and attendance for a minimum of one commission meeting per month.
  • Annual meetings with the City Council, Human Rights Commission and/or Civilian Review Board.
  • Participation in committees, task groups or as liaisons with other groups (pending availability and interest).
In general, members can expect to spend at least 10 hours per month on commission business.

Knowledge and Skills Recommended 
  • Knowledge of public meeting procedures and commission by-laws
  • Understanding of city organizational structure and general police operations
  • Ability to balance a broad range of perspectives, opinions and values in forming positions and recommendations
  • Use creative problem-solving and compromise to reach best possible outcome
  • Listen and respond to others with respect and understanding
  • Connect with different communities and serve as access point to city government.
  • Prior experience in community organizations or boards is useful.
Training
Participation in the Citizens' Police Academy is strongly recommended to gain exposure to police operations, procedures and organizational structure. New commissioners attend an orientation session with commission leadership where they are provided background information and other relevant materials. Experience is also gained through meetings, process sessions, and by taking on a leadership role in committees and task groups. All members are encouraged to contact staff for any support needed to be effective in their position.

Logistics and Support
Police Commission Office:
Eugene Police Department
300 Country Club Road
Eugene, OR 97401

Meetings
The Police Commission meets at the Police Headquarters, at 300 Country Club Road.  Forums and other special events may take place at other locations.

Commission staff schedules meetings, prepares agendas and materials, develops reports and other commission work products, communicates information relevant to the commission's work from the police department, responds to public inquiries and requests, and acts as a liaison between the commission and the police department. The chief of police, or his designee, attends all regular commission meetings. Depending on the topic, other City staff, typically police personnel, may assist the commission in its work.