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HPD Citizens Advisory Council gives 6-year update

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Huntsville Citizens Police Advisory Council has been established since 2010, and Chairman David Little gave an update on what the group has accomplished over the years.

The group was appointed and created by Huntsville council members six years ago. Little described them as bringing "a citizen’s perspective to police work." As such, he has an inside look into the Huntsville Police Department.

"I know we have one of the best in the state and one of the top in the country,” said Little.

He said you may not hear much about the council, but they've helped implement changes within the department.

"A big concern of the community was that the department's diversity didn't really match that of the community it serves,” said Little. “And several of the most recent police academies have been very diverse, a lot of the diversity in the command staff."

Just this year, they were advocates of body cameras for officers.

For years, they've pushed to sit in on the department's incident review board. This board determines if a Huntsville officer involved in a shooting or other incident with serious injuries or death followed protocol.

"We're not there to past judgment, but we're there kind of as impartial observers,” said Little “And we can see that it's a very thoroughly process kind of like a grand jury."

The Huntsville Police Advisory Council only meets biannually and is asking for more community involvement.

Their next meeting is at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 in the fellowship hall of All Nations Church at 3614 Drake Ave. SW in Huntsville.

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