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COS councilmembers finish initial review of citizens advisory board

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The City Council of Colorado Springs announced Thursday that it has completed the initial review for the Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission.

The city council says it received more than 800 applications for the new commission, which is intended to improve police accountability and communication between law enforcement and citizens.

All nine council members reviewed the applications and recommended 100 of them to advance to the next phase of the selection process.

“The Council was very impressed by the quality and quantity of the applications,” said Richard Skorman, the city council president.  “It was an exceptionally difficult decision on who should proceed in the selection process. I want to personally thank everyone who took the time to apply and has shown interest in this important new Commission.”

The council says it has sent out brief questionnaires to all the recommended candidates to learn more about them. Once those surveys are returned, the applicants will be selected for an interview.

The selection process will be further discussed at the city council's next work session on Monday, August 10 at 10 a.m. The council expects to have the commission appointed by late August or early September.

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Zachary Aedo

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  1. Dog and pony show, the city officials still have the final word. And the city will never find fault with the city when the city is offering the training and the conditions for which they require their staff to work in currently (Battle Fatigue). So when something does occur, all the city will do is remove that one officer, but not look at why this problem is systemic and will endure under this board, the way it is currently set-up. Vicarious liability is a real thing. These city officials understand they are responsible for their staff, but if the city officials are in the driver’s seat how will the board be able to fix the problem, when the city officials are significantly contributing to the problem, but not held accountable?

      1. Agree, I just hope it isn’t a leap of faith, because the community is putting the same faith into the same city officials to hold themselves accountable as well. I believe the board does have genuine intent to resolve this calamity. I just have seen far too often, especially in Law Enforcement that the blue wall, will out. The board may lance the cysts (bad line officers), but if no one removes the sack (City Administration), then it will just be filled again with more puss, and then were back to square one.
        Thank you for your optimism though it is nice to see faith still exists. Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

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