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120727final Mou

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 MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEENTHE UNITED STATESANDTHE CITY OF SEATTLEJuly 27, 2012
 
1
I.
 
INTRODUCTION
1.
 
The United States and the City of Seattle (collectively “the Parties”) enter intothis Memorandum of Understanding (hereinafter “MOU”) with the goal of ensuring that policeservices are delivered to the people of Seattle in a manner that fully complies with theConstitution and laws of the United States, effectively ensures officer and public safety, andpromotes public confidence in SPD and the services that it delivers. This MOU is part of acomprehensive settlement between the parties that also includes a Settlement Agreement andStipulated Order of Resolution (the “Settlement Agreement”) that will be filed with the Court(collectively, the “Agreements”).
II.
 
DEFINITIONS
2. Unless otherwise noted, the terms and definitions of this MOU will be the same asthose in the Settlement Agreement.
III.
 
COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION
3. Implementation of the MOU will be overseen by the Parties and a CommunityPolice Commission (the “Commission”). The Commission creates an important opportunity forSeattle’s diverse communities to participate in the implementation of the MOU and certainaspects of the Settlement Agreement, and to promote greater transparency and publicunderstanding of the Seattle Police Department.
A.
 
Formation
4. The City will establish the Commission by Executive Order within 90 days of theEffective Date. The Executive Order will establish the number of members, a mechanism toensure that membership is representative of the many and diverse communities in Seattle,including members from each precinct of the city, police personnel, faith communities, minority,
 
2ethnic, and other community organizations, and student or youth organizations. The membersand the Chair will be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council and beprovided such staff support as the City of Seattle deems necessary to perform the duties andresponsibilities identified in the Agreements.
B.
 
Responsibilities
5.
 
The Commission will have the following distinct roles:a.
 
The Commission will undertake the responsibilities as assigned to theCommission in the Agreements.b.
 
The Commission will review the reports and recommendations of theMonitor, described below, and may issue its own reports orrecommendations to the City on the implementation of the SettlementAgreement.c.
 
The Commission may review and issue reports or recommendations as tothe implementation of SPD’s 20/20 initiative and other initiatives of SPDand the City to support the reform process.d.
 
The Commission may consider other issues as referred by the Parties inSection III.C below.6.
 
The Commission will maintain regular contact with the City to ensure effectiveand timely communication regarding its responsibilities under the Agreements.7.
 
The Commission will hold public meetings at regular intervals to discuss theMonitor’s reports and to receive community feedback about SPD’s progress or compliance withthe Agreements. The City will provide the Commission with reasonable administrative support,

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