The hearing will take place at the
Unlike at many public hearings, there was no staff report before the floor was opened to public comment during the
The council was not being asked to approve the application or acceptance of the funds. The information-only public hearing was required as part of the application process for a
A few citizens raised questions about the software's possible uses, citing concerns about what information would be accessible or made public.
After the public comment period, Mayor
"Madame Mayor, I've got to disagree with you. ... The time to get information for the council is the presentation before the public hearing," he said during the meeting. "If the police department ... can't be here, and can't ask you to fill in, then it's not very important and I'm not willing to support it and I want to vote on it tonight."
When applying for JAG funding in the past, the department has not typically attended the public hearings, said Deputy Chief
"It was definitely our mistake, and we absolutely apologize to the council, the mayor's office and the community for not being there to provide a better picture of what this will do," Doll said.
Doll and Cook will provide information before the hearing Monday night.
"One thing that's really important is that we have tailored the use of this product based on our community concerns," Doll said.
Those with access would not be allowed to enter names into the system at random, say while driving down the road on patrol, Doll said.
"That would violate our policy," he said. "If we ever do a query, it's tracked, and if we ever use that data in an investigation it is included in the police report. We're only using it for bonafide police investigations."
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