Public Safety Committee

Committee referrals and meeting schedule 2020/2021 council term.

Upcoming Meetings

To Be Scheduled: Surveillance Technology

The Public Safety Committee will meet to discuss various items related to the Surveillance Technology Ordinance, including CMA 2021 #41 regarding data on Shotspotter, BRIC and COPLINK

Specific topics I’m hoping to cover include:

  • Shotspotter, BRIC and COPLINK, (STIR) and the City Manager’s response to request for data on same (CMA 2021 #41)
  • the Surveillance Technology Impact Reports
  • the Annual Surveillance reports (CMA 2021 #39)
  • the Surveillance Use Policy submitted by the City Manager to the council for approval in accordance with the Surveillance Technology Ordinance (CMA 2019 #319).

To Be Scheduled (with Economic Development): Cannabis COOPS

The Public Safety Committee and the Economic Development & University Relations Committee will meet jointly to hear from Saskia VannJames, President of the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council, on the importance of cannabis cooperatives and their potential role in the equitable development of Cambridge’s emerging recreational cannabis industry

Referred to committee

March 8, 2021 City Council meeting

CMA 2021 #39 – Annual Surveillance Report concerning City Departments’ use of Surveillance Technology or Surveillance Data.

CMA 2021 #41 – A response to a Policy Order that was adopted on December 14, 2020 as part of the Public Safety Committee Report from October 7, 2020, regarding data on ShotSpotter, OMEGA Dashbord and COPLINK

January 13, 2020 City Council meeting

CMA 2019 #319 – A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the Surveillance Use Policy and related documents

Past Meetings

January 19, 2021 5:00 PM – The Public Safety Committee and the Human Services & Veterans Committee met to hear from community experts on possible ways to design a community-centered public safety response service

January 6, 2021 5:00 PM – Meeting on the Cambridge Police Department inventory list

October 14, 2020 10:00 AM – Meeting to discuss traffic enforcement and PO 2020 #178

October 7, 2020 10:00 AM – Meeting on the Surveillance Technology Impact Reports and annual reports on ShotSpotter, BRIC, and COPLINK, and other outstanding surveillance annual reports, time permitting

July 7, 2020 1:00 PM – Meeting to discuss the Cambridge Police Department’s Use of Force Policy and related matters

January 22, 2020 5:00 PM – Meeting to discuss Annual Surveillance Report submitted by the City Manager to the City Council on December 9, 2019