Public Safety Advisory Board

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UPDATE: The City Council reviewed the final 16 candidates at their October 27 meeting. After a thorough review, the Council appointed the following individuals to represent the community on the Public Safety Advisory Board - Danny Rauda, Jimmy Brown, Justin Low, Patty Lofgren, Sheherazade Weyland, Thurman 'Lee' Landers, and Valerie Sasaki. John Gerhard and Jeff Mott were selected as the alternate members.

The creation of a Public Safety Advisory Board is one of the ideas that grew from community input and Council discussion in response to the killing of George Floyd. The Board will begin with reviewing public safety practices,

UPDATE: The City Council reviewed the final 16 candidates at their October 27 meeting. After a thorough review, the Council appointed the following individuals to represent the community on the Public Safety Advisory Board - Danny Rauda, Jimmy Brown, Justin Low, Patty Lofgren, Sheherazade Weyland, Thurman 'Lee' Landers, and Valerie Sasaki. John Gerhard and Jeff Mott were selected as the alternate members.

The creation of a Public Safety Advisory Board is one of the ideas that grew from community input and Council discussion in response to the killing of George Floyd. The Board will begin with reviewing public safety practices, with similar community input and draft frameworks anticipated for all other areas of city operations. This Board will be one component of the City’s Anti-Racism Action Plan.

What We Heard: Over 500 community members shared ideas for action with the Council in June. This shaped the Council's discussion about racial justice and city action. In July and August, 132 community members provided feedback on the draft board proposal. A summary of the feedback is on the right under "Documents" and discussed at Council Meeting on August 11 which can be found under "Video Resources".



  • Community Caucus: Valerie Sasaki

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    20 Sep 2020

    Describe your experiences that make you qualified to serve on the Advisory Board.

    My late father was born in a World War II internment camp. So, I understand how institutional racism can exist and can lead us to places that are not consistent with who we are as a community and as Americans. I have experienced and witnessed racism from microagressions in daily life to more significant incidents. These experiences were part of why I went to law school and why I've been involved with minority attorney mentoring for years. As an attorney, I primarily represent family-owned businesses. These business cannot exist and thrive unless we focus on programs to build our communities and protect our citizens. Many of Tigard's businesses are minority-owned and operated. All of our business owners and residents have a lot of capital - both financial and emotional - invested in Tigard. Public safety will be a big part of our future success. It is our responsibility to ensure that our laws are enforced fairly and that our law enforcement officers have the right mandate and tools to serve our communities effectively. I grew up in the area and I have lived in Tigard for almost 20 years now. Over that time, our community has evolved. I am proud of what we have accomplished since I moved here. Tigard is more diverse, both ethnically and economically. However, this type of change can be scary for some folks and I know that it can be tempting to retreat into an us vs them mindset. The challenge we face now is how do we continue to build on our past successes but thoughtfully and respectfully move forward? How do we create safe spaces, opportunities, and jobs for our community members while still protecting what has helped us be successful in the past? I absolutely believe that safe, diverse communities are critical to Tigard's development. We want to be a community were people want to live and build their businesses. I want to serve on the Public Safety Advisory Board because I think we are at a critical juncture in our public dialogue and our development as a community. Public safety is an issue that is bigger than professional law enforcement, although that is a significant part of the puzzle. I am qualified to serve on this board both as a woman of color with all the experiences associated with that status, but also because I have the training and skills to work with others in the community and on the board to help us chart a path to a more successful future.

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  • Community Caucus: Jimmy D. Brown

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    20 Sep 2020

    Describe your experiences that make you qualified to serve on the Advisory Board.

    First, I am a 26 year resident of Tigard. My wife and I have raised 4 children in Tigard-Tualatin School District schools, elementary through high school. We have 5 grandchildren in Tigard-Tualatin and Sherwood School Districts. I have been a coach in youth football, youth basketball and youth baseball, and have been responsible for filming high school football and track. I currently am engaged with Tigard-Tualatin School District as a member of the School Budget Committee, and participate as a community member on planning for the 2020 School Success Act and the Student Investment Act (SIA) Stakeholder Committee. I am an elected Precinct Committee Person for Washington County Democrats, beginning my second, four year term. Professionally I was engaged in Juvenile and Adult Probation and Parole Services through the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (5/84 - 9/03). I developed and managed the Gang Resource Intervention Team (GRIT), responsible for working with juvenile and adult gang members, their families, community service providers, religious community stakeholders, local, regional and state law enforcement. I started my career in 1974 as a Program Development Specialist, engaging in criminal justice program development (created 2 Youth & Family Service Centers, developed LEAA funding streams). I returned to the City of Portland in 2003 and was Director of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (2003-2006), responsible for community and civic engagement, crime prevention services, noise abatement programs and service delivery for Neighborhood Associations throughout Portland. I have trained over 1,000 Police Officers, Community members, educators, elected officials, doctoral candidates and under-graduates, high school and elementary school students in providing services to gang-involved juveniles and adults. I testified to House and Senate Committees on the impact of emerging gangs in mid-size cities, and secured Federal funding for gang intervention programs. I have been responsible for Organizational Development and establishment of cross-cultural awareness, communication and diversity training for Multnomah County, and led the development of the Department of Community Justice Diversity Program, establishing training protocols, continuing education for staff, contracting with consultants and service providers. I completed my employment history with the Portland Water Bureau as Director/Communications and Public Information, responsible for engaging community members in the bureau budget development process, leading discussions about developing additional water/reservoir capacity for the metropolitan service providers.(2006-retired in 2012). In 2013 I was called back into service to work with Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith as Chief of Staff. I maintained that activity until December 2018. Personally, my history with Tigard Police has been colored by incidents occurring in July, 2000 and December 2002. As a result of these incidents I sued the department and City in 2003, settled out of court, and have moved forward to develop better relationships between the community, the City and the Police Department. My involvement with this Committee will continue these efforts.

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  • Community Caucus: Patty Lofgren

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    20 Sep 2020

    Describe your experiences that make you qualified to serve on the Advisory Board.

    I have been a Tigard resident for 28 years. I am a member of the Tigard CERT Green Team and just completed my year as a member of the Leadership Tigard Team and have a wish to continue to give back to my community. I was a classroom teacher for 26 years and have been doing mathematics professional development work around the country for the last 19 years. Our math PD work is about helping teachers shift their classroom practice so that all students can feel mathematically powerful. My work with math PD and as a classroom teacher has always been around empowering students to develop agency, autonomy, competency and 'belongingness'. I am currently facilitating a virtual class for teachers focusing on Adeyemi Stembridge's book "Culturally Responsive Education in The Classroom: An Equity Framework for Pedagogy". I have appreciated the changes in Tigard over the last years beginning with Mayor Cook, followed by Mayor Snider and particularly with Chief McAlpine's efforts to make Tigard Police a positive, welcome force in the community. I have been a regular volunteer at Oregon Public Broadcasting, served as a volunteer at "Together At The Table" event at the Tigard Library on Martin Luther King Day, been an active member of WATAC (Washington State Teacher Advisory Council), volunteered and presented at National and Regional Math Conferences, and (pre-pandemic) began the process of becoming certified to volunteer at Street Roots in downtown Portland (to support houseless community members in ways that honor their integrity and offer ways to get them back on their feet). Tigard is clearly a vibrant community and I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate and work with others to support and move this vision forward.

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  • Community Caucus: John Gerhard

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    20 Sep 2020

    Describe your experiences that make you qualified to serve on the Advisory Board.

    As a BIPOC member of the Tigard community, I am familiar with discrimination. Being mixed-race (Chinese/Caucasian), I am often judged for not looking Chinese or having to prove my ethnicity. As the parent of several mixed-race children, I have seen my Black children treated differently from their peers, sometimes with malice and sometimes inadvertently. I want Tigard to be a community of tolerance and equality that judges individuals by their accomplishments and actions, not by their racial or ethnic identities. As a prosecutor, I am very familiar with the mission of law enforcement and the operations of police agencies. My mission is to help protect my Washington County community, including Tigard’s citizens; to seek justice for all; and to hold individuals accountable for their choices and actions, including members of law enforcement. We are all accountable to the law, and the abuse of authority has no place in the justice system. In my professional capacity I serve as the Chair of my office’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. In that role, I seek to ensure that employees regularly receive implicit bias training, to provide opportunities for employees to engage with underrepresented community members, and to ensure that minority employees receive opportunities for career advancement. Additionally, I help lead a team charged with minority attorney recruitment for my office. I strive to make my office a reflection of our community. In my personal life, I continue to serve my community through volunteer activities such as Packed with Pride. My weekly work with Packed with Pride helps ensure that families in need do not go hungry. Additionally, I serve as a College and Career Mentor at Tigard High School. In that role, I help students develop a post-high school plan, regardless of financial resources, familial background, or educational objectives. I want to serve as a member of the Public Safety Advisory Board to ensure that our Tigard Police Department reflects the diversity of our community and the values of our community. We live in a safe community due in significant part to the work of the Tigard Police Department. However, we should not become complacent with the status quo and should always reflect on our organizations to find areas for improvement. There is no place for hate in our community, our schools, or our police department. Based upon my professional and personal skills and experiences, I believe that I would offer a unique perspective that will benefit the Public Safety Advisory Board and City of Tigard.

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  • Community Caucus: Danny Rauda

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    20 Sep 2020

    Describe your experiences that make you qualified to serve on the Advisory Board.

    Currently, I am the social justice coordinator for St. Anthony Catholic Church in Tigard, a community that has worked closely with tigard police for many years. I started this job the week of George Floyd's death and so this issue has been front and center in the community. As a social justice coordinator, my job is to not only raise awareness of such inequities but to also help the community be a part of the solution. I lead by example. Currently there seems to be no other way to be part of this solution than by being a member of this board. My hope is that by being a member of this board the rest of the congregation will be inspired to help improve relations between tigard residents of color and our local law enforcement. I also contract for the Anti Defamation League (ADL) where I assist in the delivery of anti-bias education program in middle and high schools. These anti-bias education programs consists in teaching youth about bias, bullying, hate speech/crime, oppression, structural racism, allyship, and how to be a 'No Place for Hate' school. To become a contractor with ADL, I completed an intensive, week long training called "World of Difference Institute Faciltiator Training." In this training I gained skills for being an anti-bias facilitator, experienced activities to unlearn prejudice, and developed skills to identify and confront hate. I have over 8 years' experience working in cross cultural settings. Prior to my current job, I worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helping the public learn about global issues and social justice. I also worked at another global organization, Mercy Corps, teaching youth about similar issues and how they can participate in positive change within their communities. I have a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages focused on understanding discrimination based on language and promoting all forms of diversity, especially linguistic. For 4 years, I helped immigrants, refugees, and international students not only improve their communication skills but also their cross cultural understanding of the American context.

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  • Community Caucus: Sheherazade Weyland

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    21 Sep 2020

    Describe your experiences that make you qualified to serve on the Advisory Board.

    I began working as a crisis call worker at the YouthLine when I was 16 years old. I progressed to becoming a lead volunteer, and taking on supervisory duties, as well as assisting in the training of new call workers. Through working at a crisis line I have learned the crucial role that emergency services play in mental health support. I've supported over a thousand youth struggling with suicidal crisis, and far too many of them were deathly afraid of police intervention. I am incredibly passionate about changing the way emergency services interact with the mentally ill. Currently I am pursuing change by co-leading the YouthLine Legislative Committee and collaborating with government officials and nonprofit organizations to change laws surrounding youth and mental health. While that is rewarding work, I'd love to do something closer to home. I love Tigard and I think we have the opportunity to show the rest of the state, and even country, what changes are possible. I can provide a youth perspective, as well as bring the wisdom of countless interactions with youth in crisis.

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  • Community Caucus: Thurman (Lee) Landers

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    21 Sep 2020

    Describe your experiences that make you qualified to serve on the Advisory Board.

    In considering what I wanted to say for this application today, I thought I would stick to the points where I thought I can be helpful in the community. I think my personal experience and variety of experience in a lot of areas of Tigard community will be especially important and helpful in trying to acquire change. I was a former gang member, reformed some 20 plus years. During that time, I had many encounters with police that were unpleasant. Over the years I have learned to develop a speaking relationship with the police and I have a great respect for the job they do, but I also aware of multiple changes and issues within the department servicing the community. I think my dual handed knowledge would really benefit when discussing options with the panel and civil servants. I am an upstanding member of the community, I am in a multi-racial marriage with Hispanic wife, and a Caucasian child. We are a Multi-blended family and there for give me incredible incite on multiple issues. I love, work and shop in the community of Tigard and as well as my family. We are in the community everyday there for we know the problems existing here in Tigard Proficiently. While working in this community, I have encountered the hardships of finding a career with a living wage. In addition, I have seen the complication of housing as well. I had suffered a near terminal illness, and health care challenges for people of color. I want to get in there and change it. If this opportunity gave me a chance to do that, I would give this 100 percent of me and advocate for real change I thank you for considering me.

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  • Community Caucus: Justin Low

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    21 Sep 2020

    Describe your experiences that make you qualified to serve on the Advisory Board.

    As an Asian American who was born and raised in rural Oregon, my lived experience has been one of enduring racially motivated violence, learning to advocate for myself and the voiceless in my community, and utilizing my organizing skills to get those voices a seat at decision-making tables. It is these experiences that have shaped my theory of leadership and community building—especially with BIPOC and young adults—and is the reason why I am qualified and determined to serve my community on the Public Safety Advisory Board for the City of Tigard. Throughout my undergraduate career at the University of Portland, I kept one foot in the grassroots-organizing sphere through my work with affinity groups to oppose Islamophobic acts and support DACA students in on campus, as well as one foot in the student government sphere where I directly had an impact on budgeting and resolution decisions that would support our most underserved communities. After undergrad, my very first job was as a criminal defense paralegal, where I worked with overloaded public defenders who were doing their best to give defendants their constitutional right to proper legal representation, against a system that was financially, politically, and procedurally stacked against them. It is through this job that I learned how important intricate details, policies, and budget decisions can ultimately make or break institutions that are meant to be non-partisan and objective. And most importantly, I witnessed first-hand how systemic racism plays an explicit and implicit role in keeping the status quo in our judicial system. In the Oregon Association of Student Councils, which is a student leadership development non-profit, I helped educate and engage students in local and state politics through a subsidiary program that I co-directed. The goal of this program was to teach students how to critically think about policy issues at the local and state level that breaks through partisan ideology. Throughout the program, we would breakdown how to engage in advocacy by lobbying their local and state elected officials. We’ve also supported our students’ advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion policies at the state and local level, ranging from crafting hate speech policy in a school district, to giving testimony in support of the Student Success Act. Lastly, Tigard has been my home for the last two years, and I have been drawn to continuing two key passions: raising the voices of student leaders and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our school district and city council. I’ve worked with students and parents in organizing support for the TTSD hate-speech policy, as well as contributed to the initial conversations of the public safety advisory board. Additionally, I have served as a logistics coordinator for Packed with Pride, which is a food bank run by the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools.

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  • Community Caucus: Roland K. Garrison

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    21 Sep 2020

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    I have lived in Oregon for more than 40 years, and in Washington County for over 35 years. I have been a resident of Tigard for over 20 years. I have seen the area change and watched technology change what we expect as Oregonians and Tigard residents. I believe I can bring a broad perspective to the advisory board. I recognize that the community has some expectation of safety and security, while the process of providing that may be complex. I also recognize that the police are often in the position of being the initial interaction with a situation where things are not happening in a manner where safety or security is at risk. My goal on the advisory board will be to evaluate the various components that may occur in theory, or that have occurred in the past, and attempt to elicit something that can help future interaction become something more positive for all involved.

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  • Community Caucus: Jeff Mott

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    21 Sep 2020

    Describe your experiences that make you qualified to serve on the Advisory Board.

    In today’s world, much of public belief is based on news coverage and social media posts, which are built to create strong emotions. Many don’t know current crime levels or how Police Officers spend a typical day. The result, for many, is fear. Fear of crime. Fear of what could go wrong. I’ve spent my entire career at Nike pulling stories out of numbers, from analyzing wholesale account payment trends to enable supply chain improvements, to scrutinizing bookings, sell-through, and consumer data to inform how Nike’s future products come to life through my current role in Merchandising. Using data to communicate these stories removes emotion from the equation. If chosen for the Advisory Board, I hope to contribute an external, non-biased, and holistic look at Tigard PD’s operations through analyzing data from dispatched and self-initiated calls coupled with audits against body camera footage. I hope to create transparency and accountability. At Nike, Merchants must communicate with influence to perform their job at a high level. I can’t create product myself. I must convince our Product Creation partners to build the right product for our consumers. I can’t sell product or decide what makes it into the big brand campaign for the season. I must collaborate downstream to ensure our product offering is sold to the right account in the right quantities, and the most impactful products are highlighted through the brand. If chosen for the Advisory Board, I hope to contribute an influential voice that will amplify the needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who live in our community. That being said, I’m a white, heterosexual, cisgender, man. I know how that limits my personal experience, and despite all I learned and done over the course of 2020, the Public Safety Advisory Board needs diverse representation more than anything.

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