Pleasanton residents will have the chance to share their opinions with the City Council on any and all police-related issues locally during a city-hosted community listening session Tuesday evening.
The council workshop, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, won't feature any formal city staff presentation or final action by the council, but rather serve as an opportunity for council members to just listen to public comment.
The meeting's brief agenda lists only the one item of business: "Community listening session to gather input regarding community policing in Pleasanton."
The council plans to implement its standard three-minutes-per-speaker limit on public comment Tuesday night, according to city staff.
Pleasanton is beginning the process of looking inward at its policing policies and practices -- compelled, like many cities across the state and country, to discuss police reform in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis on Memorial Day and the subsequent protests and calls to action that have gripped most of the nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The council adopted a three-part action plan to guide the city's public review process after a discussion last week that came with 2-½ hours of citizen comment with speakers on all sides of the debate, from ardent police advocates to adamant police reformists and many in between.
Tuesday's community listening session is the first step in that public process, during which any topic related to the Pleasanton Police Department will be on the table for any speaker to bring up.
The action plan also calls for a review of existing PPD policies and procedures, and consideration of near- and long-term policy goals for community policing, in the weeks and months ahead.
The public listening session is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 21).
The council members will participate remotely via video conferencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shelter-in-place health order.
Residents can watch live online via Tri-Valley Community Television or the city's YouTube page, on cable television on TCTV's Channel 29 or on Zoom via this link, or listen by phone at 669-900-6833 (Webinar ID: 918 1327 9386).
Citizen comments can be made by phone, Zoom or email. To submit a speaker card, visit the city website and sign up to speak by 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.