Board of Police Commissioners

Pictured Right:
Commissioner Patricia Farhat
Commissioner Robert Noordhoek
Chairperson, Drew Macon
Vice-Chairperson, Sandra Kowalk-Thompson
Commissioner William Renfrew
Commissioner Kecia Coats
Commissioner Clyde Carnegie
Commissioner Julee Rodocker (not pictured)
Group Shot of Commissioners

Members



Meetings


November th Meeting Agenda

Board Rules

PURPOSE

The purpose of this procedure is to outline the Charter of the City of Lansing as it relates the Board of Police Commissioners and the Lansing Police Department.  The Board is established pursuant to Article 5, Chapter 1 and 3 of the City Charter.

APPOINTMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS

ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD

ADVISORY BOARD FUNCTIONS

  • The Board shall at its regular meetings review the progress and planning of the Chief of Police to insure that all activities are in accordance with City policy.  The Board may propose changes in agency operations for the purpose of making its program more effective Lansing City Charter, Advisory Board Functions 5-106.1.
  • Proposed policies and programs or changes in existing policies or programs requiring Council action shall be submitted by the Chief of Police to the Board prior to submission to the Mayor and Council for action.  The Board’s written recommendations concerning the proposals shall be submitted to the Mayor along with the Chief’s proposal.  When the Mayor submits the proposal to the Council for action, the Board’s recommendations shall also be transmitted to the council along with that of the Mayor Lansing City Charter Advisory Board Functions 5-106.2.
  • The Board of Police Commissioners, at the direction of the Mayor, and through the Hiring/Recruitment Sub-Committee will work closely with the Human Resources Department, Human Relations Department and the Chief/Designee to develop and ensure the hiring process for both Certified/ Certifiable and Police Recruit candidates is done in a fair and timely manner while adhering to all Federal, State and Local laws concerning EEO in hiring.  As part of the process the Board, at the direction of the Mayor, will encourage all stakeholders to work towards continuous improvement of the process using lessons learned from current and future processes to improve future hiring practices to ensure that it is not only transparent, but defensible if challenged. The Sub-Committee will meet quarterly with the Human Resources Department to discuss process improvement and continue to draft resolutions to be presented to the entire Board of Commissioners for those candidates deemed to meet all the criteria for hiring as a Lansing Police Officer or a candidate to be sponsored as a Police Recruit.
  • The Department’s budget material, including capital improvement proposals, shall be submitted to the Board before submission to the Mayor and the Boards written recommendations shall be submitted to the Mayor along with the Department’s recommendations.  The Mayor shall transmit the Board’s recommendations to the Council along with budget material for that agency (5-106.3).
  • The Board shall, prior to December 1, prepare a written report evaluating the effectiveness and analyzing the status and priorities for services and activities of the Department.  Copies thereof shall be filed with the Mayor, the Council, and the City Clerk Lansing City Charter, Advisory Board Functions 5-106.4.
  • The Board may develop its own proposals for new or altered policies and programs and transmit these to the Mayor and City Council Lansing City Charter, Advisory Board Functions 5-106.5.

DUTIES

  • The Board shall render an annual report to the Mayor and City Council, which shall include a description and evaluation of the Department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, if any, and proposals for future plans Lansing City Charter, Duties 5-301.7.
  • Whenever necessary to carry out its assigned duties, the Board shall have the same power to subpoena witnesses, administer oaths and require the production of evidence as the City Council Lansing City Charter, Investigatory Power 5-302.