Is a citizen oversight committee needed to restore confidence in the Atherton Police Department? Peter Carpenter, the president of the Atherton Civic Interest League, has approached Atherton City Council members with a proposal to create a committee to address "concern and distrust" surrounding the town's police.
The committee should be made up of five residents and should hold public meetings in accordance with the state's Brown Act, he said. The police chief and city manager would be non-voting members of the committee, under his proposal.
"I take this position not because I feel that there (are) serious problems, but because I believe there is a growing level of concern and distrust regarding the police department," Mr. Carpenter said in the e-mail he sent to town officials on Feb. 2. "Rather than waiting until we have a crisis on our hands I urge you to be proactive on this matter."
The oversight committee, as envisioned by Mr. Carpenter, would advise on police policies and procedures, as well as act as the review board for citizen complaints.
Atherton Mayor Kathy McKeithen could not be immediately reached for comment.