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Police Bureauwide Advisory Council

Purpose and Background

The Portland Police Bureau is seeking applications for its Bureauwide Advisory Committee. We are looking for community members from diverse backgrounds passionate about public service, equity, and strengthening relationships between community and police. The BAC will serve as an advisory body to PPB and provide input on budget development, bureau-community priorities, equity and inclusion initiatives, bureau projects, and City/Bureau issues du jour.

Committee activities include:

  • Advise Bureau leadership on Citywide issues
  • Provide input to staff about budget development
  • Review plans on long-term Bureauwide projects
  • Provide feedback on community priorities

Total number of advisory seats: 12

Number of seats available: 12


Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland. 

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions.
  • You have experience with or have been impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • You have experience working with diverse communities and perspectives
  • You are interested in improving Police and public safety service for all Portlanders.
  • Monthly meetings will take place on weekday evenings via Zoom
  • Members are involved for a duration of 2-year terms, or no more than 8 consecutive years.
  • The anticipated time commitment is 2.5 hours per month.
  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.


We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. To request translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, or other auxiliary aids or services, contact 971-275-3841, Relay: 711.


Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.


How to Apply

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at


Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to


General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email


We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the Police Bureau.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email