Chief's Advisory Committee (CAC)
The Riverside Police Department’s resident advisory panel has been in place since 2001. The purpose of the Chief's Advisory Committee (CAC) is to provide a forum where key stakeholders can act as a community resource for the Chief in the development of strategies, sharing community concerns, and increasing public trust. The CAC is comprised of a diverse cross-section of community activists, business leaders and citizens representing the city of Riverside.
The CAC is not a review committee of any police action, whether internal or external and will act solely in an advisory capacity for matters relating to community concerns. The CAC will have no input or discussion regarding specific employee personnel issues and will not be involved in the police department decision making at any level. The CAC is driven by the imagination of its members and is intended to be a reflection of the community's viewpoints.
The CAC is comprised of at least 15 persons, but not more than 25 community leaders from throughout the community (22 adults and 3 high school students) who represent a range of interests and experience. Selected committee members are from diverse backgrounds, including business, education, non-profits, public relations, faith community, and political arena and more.
The role of the Committee Members shall include (but not be limited to):
- Act as a sounding board for the Chief of Police regarding community needs and concerns, as well as community response to proposed police programs and priorities.
- Apprise the Chief of Police directly of the community’s need for police services.
- Assist in educating the community at large about the function and role of the Riverside Police Department.
- Attend monthly meetings that are generally held on the fourth Monday of each month, at 6:00 p.m. at various locations within the city.
- Be a city of Riverside resident or business owner.
Members are selected by the Chief of Police. Members are chosen to serve on the Advisory Committee for their professionalism, integrity and commitment to their community.
Adult members serve a two-year term and student members serve a one-year term. A one-year extension for sitting committee members will be considered on an individual basis at the pleasure of the Chief of Police. All members serve at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
Members may be removed for cause prior to the end of their term by a majority vote of the advisory committee or at the discretion of the Chief of Police. In addition, members who, without being excused by a majority of the remaining committee members, fail to attend three consecutive regular meetings may be considered to have vacated their position and may be replaced.
Members of the committee must have either previously completed the Citizen/ Teen Academy or must complete the course within a year of joining the CAC. Student committee members are exempt from this requirement, but will be strongly encouraged to participate in the Teen Academy.
The Chief’s Adjutant, Lieutenant Kevin Kauk provides the staff support to the Chief's Advisory Committee.
Additionally, the Chief’s Senior Administrative Assistant will disseminate information to members of the Chief's Advisory Committee as direct by the Chief