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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.

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.

Please sign up to attend the virtual meeting in your district. If you’re not sure which district you live in, you can check the map below or enter your address on this website. If you have a business in Carlsbad, please sign up for the district where your business is located.

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

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

District
Mon, Feb. 1 | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Sign up here

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

Meeting format

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering, these district meetings will be held via Zoom. When you sign up, you will receive a link to the meeting.

Following a brief introduction from your City Council member, you will have an opportunity to respond to online polling questions, discuss issues in small groups with your neighbors and hear feedback from other attendees. A professional meeting facilitator will lead the discussion.

Online survey option

An online survey is also available from Jan. 15 to Feb. 10.

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