[R.O. 1996 § 120.100; Ord. No. 4239 § 1, 5-18-2009]
There is hereby established a Public Safety Citizens' Advisory Board (hereinafter referred to as the "Board") to the Police Department, which Board shall be selected, serve and have the powers and responsibilities herein set forth.
[R.O. 1996 § 120.102; Ord. No. 4239 § 1, 5-18-2009; Ord. No. 4813, 4-15-2019]
Members. There shall be a Public Safety Citizens' Advisory Board consisting of six (6) members appointed by the Mayor with the consent and approval of a majority of the City Council. Two (2) members shall be from each of the City's three (3) districts. In addition, the Mayor, with the consent and approval of a majority of the City Council, shall appoint one (1) Councilmember and a teenager entering their senior year of high school at the time of their appointment as liaisons to the Board. The teenage liaison shall be interviewed and recommended by the Board to the Mayor for appointment.
Terms. Members shall be appointed for terms of two (2) years. The teenage and Council liaisons shall serve one-year terms.
Qualifications. Members shall have been residents of the City of Blue Springs for at least one (1) year preceding their appointment and not have been convicted of a felony offense or have pending criminal charges at the time of consideration and/or appointment.
[R.O. 1996 § 120.104; Ord. No. 4239 § 1, 5-18-2009]
The Board shall meet monthly and at such additional times as may be set by the Chairperson. Meetings of the Board shall be open to the public unless otherwise authorized by the Board and the Sunshine Law.
[R.O. 1996 § 120.106; Ord. No. 4239 § 1, 5-18-2009]
The Board shall have the authority and responsibility to do the following:
Advise and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council through the Police Chief and City Administrator regarding policies of the Police Department related to public information and public relations.
Advise the Mayor and City Council through the Police Chief and City Administrator and the public regarding criminal activity and crime prevention programs within the City.
Promote the activities of the Police Department in preventing crime, enforcing laws, advocating public safety needs and maintaining justice and public safety.
Assist the Police Chief in the establishment of public safety programs within the City.
Review and advise as to the Police Chief's proposed annual budget for the Police Department and make recommendations concerning the budget and expenditures to the Police Chief and City Administrator for consideration. The Board may also provide oversight regarding expenditures that are derived from a dedicated public safety funding source and exclusively allocated for public safety operations, programs and services.
Assist the Chief of Police with short-term and long-range planning, including, but not limited to, the evaluation of potential grant opportunities and other available/dedicated resources that might become available from time to time.
Review and study requested changes in the City's parking and traffic activities and policies and make recommendations as to those requested changes.
Review and study animal control ordinances.
Make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council through the Police Chief and City Administrator for improving services. All such recommendations shall be accompanied by a budget impact statement prepared by the City's Police Department and Finance Department.
The Board shall endeavor to conduct an annual public safety community forum for the purpose of promoting and advocating public safety programs, services and initiatives.
[R.O. 1996 § 120.107; Ord. No. 4239 § 1, 5-18-2009]
Nothing herein contained shall confer any power or authority on any member of the Board to make arrests or to exercise in any way the authority of a member of the Police Department and/or a commissioned Police Officer. Nothing herein will authorize members of the Board to act in a manner that is inconsistent with the City's Home Rule Charter.
[R.O. 1996 § 120.108; Ord. No. 4239 § 1, 5-18-2009]
The Board hereby established is empowered to promulgate rules and procedures consistent with this Article to be followed by it for the conduct of its meetings and to carry out the duties and responsibilities hereby granted to it. Before any such rules and procedures shall become effective, they shall first be approved by resolution of the City Council.