Mayor's Task Force on Re-Imagining Public Safety
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners passed a resolution on June 8, 2020, denouncing the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and outlining next steps for the Town of Hillsborough and its police department, including forming an advisory board on policing. Discussion among board members and input from the community show the Hillsborough community wishes to examine not just policing but also the idea of public safety.
This task force will determine what a standing advisory board on public safety would and should look like in Hillsborough. Members will put their efforts into performing research and providing subject matter expertise to consider questions such as:
- What does a community look and feel like that is safe for all residents?
- In making our community safe, what should be considered by parts of town government in addition to the police?
- What standing public safety board models are available to consider, and what is the best fit for Hillsborough?
Output from the task force will become an authoritative source of information used to establish Hillsborough’s vision for policing and public safety going forward.
The task force is expected to:
- Assess and determine a model for a community safety review board appropriate for the Hillsborough community in terms of charge, appointment, and composition, within the confines of local and state law. This may include issues beyond law enforcement.
- Make recommendations to the town manager and board.
The task force will have 10 to 15 members with 5 designated seats:
- Mayor (non-voting member, except in a tie)
- Youth (15 to 18 years old)
- Social worker or worker in closely related field
- Member of the Northern Orange Branch of the NAACP and Hillsborough resident
- Member of the judicial system
Some of the designated seats will be directly appointed, and others will be chosen from the pool of applicants.
The task force must be representative of Hillsborough, including geographically. The following are strongly encouraged to apply:
- Residents of diverse backgrounds, including race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age.
- Residents who have experienced the criminal justice system or have family members who have experienced it.
- Residents who have experience in healthcare and social work.
The task force will be time limited, with its charge likely completed within six months. The task force will determine an appropriate meeting schedule. Members will need to complete reading outside of meeting times to prepare for the meetings.