Chief’s Community Ambassador Team
The Chief’s Community Ambassador Team (C-CAT) is designed to be a bridge between the community and the Santa Rosa Police Department. It will facilitate and enhance communication and the relationship between the Police Department and the community. The Team will assist in informing the Police Chief of the broader community’s concerns and views regarding public safety, thus guiding the focus of law enforcement services.
Karina Calderon Robles
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is the C-CAT?
C-CAT is a group of community members who will serve and lend their insight to strengthen the police department’s relationship with the community through constructive feedback and discussion.
How many members are on C-CAT?
Approximately 12 to 15 members
What are the ideal qualities of a C-CAT member?
Ideal candidates will represent stakeholders in the community and be residents, employed in, or have a “sphere of influence” within the City of Santa Rosa.
How are members selected?
Members will be selected based on responses to questions on the application and the outcome of the simple background check.
What do C-CAT members do? How long do they serve?
Members will provide a two-way conduit of information to the community and the police department. They will provide input and information to the police chief regarding issues concerning the community and the police department, and likewise share information from the police department back to the community. Members will serve either a one or two-year term on a rotating basis.
How many hours per month are members expected to volunteer?
There is no volunteer time expectation, just required attendance to quarterly meetings that will not exceed two hours. The date and time for meetings will be determined based upon the availability of selected members.
What is the difference between this group and the Community Advisory Board (CAB)?
The primary difference between the C-CAT and the CAB is that while the C-CAT is focused solely on issues pertaining to law enforcement and the Santa Rosa Police Department, the CAB’s focus is more broad-based and includes other issues of concern of Santa Rosa residents. The CAB’s mission is to connect city government and residents so the public can have a voice in decisions that impact their lives and build a stronger, more resilient community.
How often does C-CAT meet?
C-CAT will meet once a quarter with the first meeting anticipated for February of 2021.
Are meetings open to the public?
Meeting notes will be made available to the public on this webpage.
Where will the meetings be held?
Due to COVID-19 and the Sonoma County Public Health Orders, meetings will begin on Zoom. If/when it is safe to conduct in-person meetings, they will be held at the Public Safety Building.
I am not a C-CAT member but would like to provide input. How may I do so?
Input can be provided through email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “C-CAT Input” or directly to an existing C-CAT member.