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Fresno Police Reform Commission Creates Survey, Asks For Input From Underrepresented Communities

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Fresno Police Reform Comission meets on August 24, 2020.

On Monday, the Fresno Police Reform Commission announced a new community survey that will assist it in making informed recommendations to the city of Fresno and its police department.

The survey asks community members questions like how comfortable would they be calling the Fresno Police for help and whether the community should have a say in the department's funding. D'Aungillique Jackson, the chair of the community input subcommittee, says the goal is to include responses from underrepresented communities. 

 

“We are trying to do our best as those from the community to reach everybody that is commonly left out,” Jackson said. “So we are trying to make sure we are including and highlighting southwest and west Fresno.” 

 

The committee has already received over 300 responses from English, Punjabi, Arabic and Spanish speakers. And more languages will be available soon, Jackson said. 

 

“We will continue to add and make this survey as inclusive and understandable as possible,” she said. “So the languages that are pending are Hmong, Lao, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Tagalog.” 

 

Fresno residents can also make suggestions over the phone or through email, Jackson added. For more information, including the online survey, visit the commission’s website.

 

In addition, the police tactics and training subcommittee concluded that police officers should not be the first to respond to calls regarding mental health or non-violent behavior, according to Scot Baly, a public defender and committee member. 

 

The commission has been granted an additional 30 days to provide recommendations that will be voted on by the Fresno City Council, Councilmember Miguel Arias confirmed at the meeting over zoom. The commission will meet again on September 28th.

Madi Bolanos covered immigration and underserved communities for KVPR from 2020-2022. Before joining the station, she interned for POLITCO in Washington D.C. where she reported on US trade and agriculture as well as indigenous women’s issues during the Canadian election. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in anthropology from San Francisco State University. Madi spent a semester studying at the Danish Media and Journalism School where she covered EU policies in Brussels and alleged police brutality at the Croatian-Serbian border.
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