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Your Police Department

A community conversation

With incidents throughout the nation prompting new interest in the issue of police oversight, the City of Carlsbad would like feedback from our residents and business owners:

  • Do you see a need for greater community involvement or oversight of the City of Carlsbad Police Department? 
  • If so, what would you hope to achieve through this oversight?

By gaining a better understanding of your perspectives, the City Council can make more informed decisions about these issues.

Online survey option

Survey is now closed.


District meetings (virtual)

The City of Carlsbad has fully transitioned to electing City Council members by geographic district. The mayor continues to be elected by voters citywide. The city just completed four meetings to gather input from the community. 

District 1 
Monday, Feb. 8 | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

District 2 
Thursday, Jan. 28 | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Mon, Feb. 1 | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

District 4 
Wed, Feb. 3 | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Background information

On June 23, 2020, the City Council voted to place on a future agenda a presentation on police use of force, the Police Officers Bill of Rights and citizen-review committees on police practices and procedures. On Aug. 18, 2020, city staff presented this information to the City Council. At this meeting the City Council voted to request that staff return with a report providing greater detail on three models of civilian oversight of police departments and a staff recommendation.

Read the staff report (8/18/20)
Watch the meeting video (8/18/20)

On Oct. 20, 2020, city staff presented the overview of the different options for citizen oversight of police departments and the following recommendation: to obtain input from the community regarding law enforcement concerns and desired aspects of police oversight and hire an expert consultant to design a police oversight and review program that is tailored to the needs of the City of Carlsbad. The City Council instead voted to direct staff to hold four public meetings, one in each of the four City Council districts, and bring back a report to the City Council by March 2021.

Read the staff report  (10/20/20)
Watch the meeting video (10/20/20)

More information

David Bennett, community outreach
442-200-8427 | david.bennett@carlsbadca.gov