Springfield City Commission to discuss police advisory group at Tuesday’s virtual meeting

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Springfield City Commissioners will discuss Tuesday plans to revamp a police advisory group that has been inactive for years.

Commissioners are expected hold a first reading on an amendment to the city’s codified ordinances to set up a group made up of residents who will report to the city manager and will be tasked with overlooking the city’s police division.

This includes reviewing interactions between police officers and the community they serve, said Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland.

If the amendment is passed, nine people will be appointed by the city to serve on the committee. Copeland said this is a response to issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Commissioners will meet virtually Tuesday .

The meeting will be conducted on Zoom and will start at 10 a.m. Springfield City Commission meetings were switched to a virtual platform in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, in-person attendance has been prohibited.

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However, those who wish to participate or are seeking more information regarding the meeting are asked to contact Springfield City Clerk Jill Pierce at commission@springfieldohio.gov or by calling 937-324-7341.

Questions that will be read to commissioners during the meeting can be sent ahead of time to Pierce. Residents wishing to do that must include their name and address when submitting their questions to the commission, according to a news release from the city.

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Submissions must be made no later than 9 a.m. on Tuesday. The meeting will be recorded and made available for rebroadcast on local channel 5. It can also be viewed live on YouTube.com/GATVSpringfield5.

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