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Police policy commission convenes Monday

A new dialogue is set to open Monday at the inaugural meeting of the Rochester Police Policy Oversight Commission.

The seven-member commission, formed in February and appointed by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede on June 1, will meet Monday at 1 p.m. in the city-county Government Center, Room 104.

The meeting is open to the public, the mayor's office confirmed. No agenda was posted as of Friday afternoon.

Erin Truesdale, a commission member, said she expected the first meeting to include a review of the ordinance that established the commission and a discussion of the commission's role in relation to the Rochester Police Department.

Truesdale said she also expects discussion of how the commission will proceed with its task of reviewing police policies.


The Rochester Police Department had previously said the commission could be a key player in reviewing a policy for police body cameras. The Rochester City Council has approved the purchase of the cameras, but the department will not put the devices to use before a policy has been reviewed, Chief Roger Peterson told the Post-Bulletin earlier this month.

Commission members are also expected to undergo training and education with the police department.

"We've been told to anticipate that (training) and we're looking forward to that," Truesdale said.

Brede plans to attend the meeting and give opening remarks and to welcome the seven members to their new roles with "a sincere thank you," Brede said in an email.

Further meeting details are available on the city's calendar .

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