Reimagining Public Safety

Operationalizing the Oakland City Council’s commitment to enhancing public safety through more appropriate, efficient & equitable allocation of resources.

About the Taskforce

The purpose of the Reimagining Public Safety Taskforce is to rapidly reimagine and reconstruct the public safety system in Oakland by developing a recommendation for Council consideration to increase community safety through alternative responses to calls for assistance, and investments in programs that address the root causes of violence and crime (such as health services, housing, jobs, etc), with a goal of a 50% reduction in the OPD General Purpose Fund (GFP) budget allocation.

How to Get Involved

  • Take PolicyLink's Community Survey to share your perspectives and ideas about how we can reimagine public safety in Oakland.
    • If you would like to share your perspectives via email, please send a detailed message to OaklandRPSTF@policylink.org.
    • If you would like to participate but do not have access to the internet or a device (smartphone, tablet, or computer), please call (510) 663-4399 and leave a detailed voicemail with your ideas and suggestions.
  • PolicyLink, co-facilitator of the Oakland Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, is seeking to contract with base-building organizations and/or coalitions to help engage, collect, assess, and share the perspectives of directly-impacted people most affected by policing and public safety in Oakland for integration into the Task Force’s recommendations. You can find the Request for Proposals at http://plcylk.org/OAKRFP. Contracts will be awarded on a rolling basis, so please get your proposal in early!

Taskforce Members

The Task Force is comprised of two co-chairs, two co-facilitator organizations and 17 appointed members. In addition, there are four Advisory Boards focused on Legal & Policy Barriers & Opportunities, Alternate Responses, Programs & Investments, Budget Data & Analysis, and OPD Organization & Culture.

Timeline

  • July 28, 2020

    Council vote on authorization of Taskforce

  • August 31, 2020

    Deadline for submitting nominees to co-chairs

  • September 16, 2020

    Kickoff of Taskforce

  • December 31, 2020

    Draft Recommendations Presented to City Council

  • March 31, 2021

    Final Recommendations Presented to City Council

  • June 30, 2021

    Final Day for Adoption of FY2021-2023 Budget

Meeting Archive

Meeting Date Meeting Minutes Video Agenda
Reimagining Public Safety Task Force meeting 11/23/20 Attachment 1 RPSTF Draft Minutes Nov12
Link Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Nov23 Meeting Agenda
Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Meeting 11/12/20 Attachment 1 RPSTF Draft Minutes Oct28
Link Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Nov12 Meeting Agenda
Reimagining Public Safety Taskforce Meeting 10/28/20 Attachment 1 RPSTF Draft Minutes Oct14
Link Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Oct28 Meeting Agenda
Reimagining Public Safety Taskforce - OPD Organization and Culture Advisory Board Meeting 10/22/20 N/A Link Oct22 Meeting Agenda OPD Organization and Culture Advisory Board
Reimagining Public Safety Taskforce - Legal and Policy Barriers and Opportunities Advisory Board Meeting 10/21/20 N/A Link October 21 Meeting Agenda Legal and Policy Barriers and Opportunities Advisory Board
Reimagining Public Safety Taskforce - Budget and Data Advisory Board Meeting 10/20/20 N/A Link Oct20 Meeting Agenda Budget Data Analysis Advisory Board
Reimagining Public Safety Taskforce - Alternate Responses, Programs, and Investments Advisory Board Meeting 10/19/20 N/A Link Oct19 Meeting Agenda Alternate Responses Advisory Board
Reimagining Public Safety Taskforce Meeting 10/14/20 Attachment 1 RPSTF Draft Minutes Sept30
Link Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Oct14 Meeting Agenda
Reimagine Public Safety Taskforce Meeting 09/30/20 N/A Link Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Sept30 Meeting Agenda 1
Reimagining Public Safety Taskforce Kickoff Meeting 09/16/20 RPSTF Minutes Sept16
N/A Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Sept16 Meeting Agenda 3