Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office of Police Conduct Review
(612) 673-5500

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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Chair and Commissioners

 

 
PCOC Commissioners 2015
From left to right: Commissioners Laura Westphal, Jennifer Singleton, Amran Farah, Andrea Brown, Adriana Cerrillo and Andrew Buss during the February 10, 2015 PCOC Meeting. Appointed Commissioner Naida Medicine Crow not pictured. 

Current Commissioners

Seat
Appointment
Name
Term Begins
Term Expires
Term Length
Ward
Email
City Council
1/01/2015
12/31/2016
2
7
cerrillo.pcoc@gmail.com  
City Council
Naida Medicine Crow
1/01/2015
12/31/2016
2
9
medicinecrow.pcoc@gmail.com
Seat 3
City Council
9/20/2013
12/31/2015
2
10     
jsingleton.pcoc@gmail.com
Seat 4
City Council
9/20/2013
12/31/2015
2
11
buss.pcoc@gmail.com
Mayoral
1/01/2015
12/31/2016
2
12
farah.pcoc@gmail.com
Mayoral
1/01/2015
12/31/2015
1
13
west.pcoc@gmail.com
Seat 7
Mayoral
9/20/2013
12/31/2015
2
2
brown.pcoc@gmail.com

Contacting the Commissioners:

  • As volunteers, commissioners do not receive individual city email addresses. The Commission can be contacted via email at PCOC@minneapolismn.gov. Emails will be provided to commissioners during any of the Commission/Committees meetings.
  • Correspondence can also be mailed to: Police Conduct Oversight Commission, care of Committee Clerk, at 350 S. 5th St - Room 239 - Minneapolis, MN 55415. Copies will be distributed at the next Commission meeting.
  • Finally, those interested providing written comment may ask the Committee Clerk to distribute materials to the commissioners during the public comment section of each meeting.

Terms

In order to stagger the expiration of terms, the original appointments of commissioners shall be for one (1) or two (2) years, as determined by the City Clerk. Thereafter, appointments shall be for two (2) years.

Requirements:

All Police Conduct Oversight Commission members must:

  • Minneapolis residency is required
  • Applicants may not be currently or previously employed by the Minneapolis Police Department
  • References may be provided and will be checked
  • Have the ability to read, apply logic and evaluate complex information and compare it to existing rules, laws, or procedures for the purpose of conducting audits of cases involving police misconduct;
  • Have excellent writing skills;
  • Have competent communication and presentations skills for reporting the results of research to the Public Safety, Civil Rights & Emergency Management Committee of the City Council;
  • Facilitate, along with the police department, appropriate cultural awareness training for sworn officers as determined by the commission;
  • Contribute to the performance review of the Chief of Police;
  • Create and implement a community outreach program and coordinate outreach activities with the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights;
  • Be willing to engage in community outreach events with the public;
  • Not have a pending complaint against the Minneapolis Police Department or have filed a complaint within the past five years;
  • Conduct themselves with integrity and maturity when dealing with emotionally charged matters;
  • Show a strong commitment to community service;
  • Have the ability to communicate with people of all levels of education and backgrounds;
  • Be willing to work with the Minneapolis Police Department when reviewing practice and procedures; and
  • Be able to complete training regarding police use of force, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Open Meeting Laws, and the Minnesota Public Employee Labor Relations Act.

Selection Process

Applications are received by the City Clerk's Office. A Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the offices of the Mayor, City Council, Police Chief and the Civil Rights Department will review applications and interview applicants if necessary.  Selected applicants are scheduled to speak at a public hearing and applications are then forwarded to the full City Council for approval.

 

 

Last updated Feb 13, 2015