Community Conversations, Inquiry Sessions Create Space for Dialogue

As the city reflects on and explores ways to respond to the current push to address systemic racism, the Beaverton Police Department (BPD) and the Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) have embarked on a joint project. “BPD-HRAC Inquiry Sessions” are a dedicated space for listening and dialogue regarding police operations and policy, response to demands for police reform and consideration of long-term structures for community oversight.  

Inquiry Sessions began in July and are scheduled to take place through the end of the year as part of the HRAC’s regular monthly meetings (the first Wednesday of each month). Meetings are open to the public and minutes and videos from prior meetings are available at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HRAC.

In July and August, the Beaverton City Council held Community Work Sessions to learn more about BPD school resource officers and current BPD hiring and training standards. In September, a series of community conversations led by an outside city racial equity consultant will be held. A report on the findings will be presented to City Council in October. Meetings are open to the public and minutes and videos from prior meetings are available at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/citycouncil