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* San Jose City Council Approves Extension of Community Outreach in Police Auditor Recruitment

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San Jose City Council members today approved a formal extension of the outreach period in the recruitment process for a new independent police auditor. The city is in the process of hiring a new independent police auditor, charged with conducting objective reviews of police misconduct investigations. Shivaun Nurre is serving as the acting independent police
auditor. All present members of the council unanimously approved Councilwoman Madison Nguyen’s recommendations that all members of the community panel interview process be San Jose residents, to reduce the panel from 21 to 19, and that at least one more outreach meeting be conducted by the end of the month. The council has selected human resources firm Avery & Associates to recruit the new independent police auditor. Today, members of the community criticized them for their ineffective community outreach, an essential part of the recruitment process that began last year. The initial phase of the recruitment process was completed on Jan. 22 and garnered nearly 50 applicants. Addressing the council today, several
members of the public voiced their support of Councilmen Ash Kalra and Kansen Chu’s recommendation for a four-week extension to allow for an adequate outreach period before Avery & Associates resume screening and the selection process.
Two meetings held in January were very poorly attended. “It’s quite evident that despite the desire to do outreach, we are
not allowing for meaningful input,” Kalra said. Tamon Norimoto, a resource development director for Asian Americans for Community Involvement, said he was one of the people who was not aware of the last meeting on Jan. 19. “I think it’s important to ensure that the community has a voice.  The community does care, so give them a chance,” Norimoto said. The Asian Americans for Community Involvement will hold a community meeting Thursday, titled “Rebuilding Trust between Community and the San Jose Police Department: Examining the role of the Independent Police Auditor.” Panelists will include Nurre, along with Richard Konda, the executive director of Asian Law Alliance; Daniel Katz, assistant chief of  police; and Anne Im, director of community programs and advocacy for Asian Americans for Community Involvement. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Asian Americans for Community Involvement building, located at 2400 Moorpark Ave., San Jose.

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