These seven people will be tasked with overseeing the police department
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Seven candidates have been selected to serve on Rochester's newly-created police oversight commission.
Mayor Ardell Brede recommended five of the candidates after interviewing more than two dozen community members:
- Don Barlow, pastor for Rochester Community Baptist Church
- Larry Collins, district court judge
- Rebeca Sedarski, Chicano Latino Affairs Council
- Erin Truesdale, Rochester Public Schools
- Abdi Roble, advocate for the local Somali community
The city council is expected to discuss the recommendations next Monday.
The committee was created earlier this year in response to nationwide protests over what many perceived as a lack of police accountability.
Members will review and comment on the police department's policies, practices and procedures. It will also make suggestions to the department and implement educational initiatives for officers and the community.
The committee will meet at least four times per year.
(Cover graphic: Rochester Police Department)