RTM Seeks Candidates for the Westport Civilian Review Panel

The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Public Protection Committee is seeking candidates to recommend to the RTM to fill two (2) volunteer member vacancies to the Westport Civilian Review Panel (CRP). 

The elected leadership of the Town of Westport and the leadership of the Westport public safety departments recognize the need to foster and maintain the public’s trust in its personnel.  In order to do so, the CRP was formed in December 2020.

Position Summary:

The CRP is composed of five (5) civilian members of the Westport community:  two (2) members of the Board of Selectwomen (other than the First Selectwoman); one (1) member of TEAM Westport who is appointed by the First Selectwoman; and two (2) members from the Westport electorate who are appointed by the Representative Town Meeting.  The initial RTM-appointed members shall serve for two (2) years, and the terms of each subsequent RTM-appointed members shall be four (4) years.  The RTM-appointed members may be reappointed by the RTM for unlimited consecutive terms.  No more than a bare majority of the CRP may be members of the same political party. 

Responsibilities:

The CRP works closely with the members of the Police, Fire, and EMS Departments to diversify hiring, oversee the investigation of civilian complaints, and evaluate opportunities to improve transparency and accountability.  The mission of the CRP is to build on the foundation of public trust between the Police, Fire and EMS Departments and Westport residents by conducting the following objectives:

  • Hiring Oversight: Participate in the interview process of new hires and lateral transfer applicants offering measurable feedback on the selection of candidates.
  • Complaint Review: Review and provide feedback on civilian complaints regarding Police, Fire and EMS.
  • Transparency & Accountability Improvements: Advise the departments on policies and procedures that will improve transparency and accountability.
  • Meetings: Hold special meetings as needed.
  • Training: Receive training from the Police, Fire and EMS Departments in order for the CRP to fully understand current policies, procedures, general orders, internal affairs, and legal issues.
  • Reporting from Departments: The Departments shall provide an annual report to the First Selectwoman and the CRP of all disciplinary complaints received and their status and resolution.

Requirements:

Applicants must be registered voters of the Town of Westport.  No member of the CRP shall be an employee, or family member of an employee, of the Police, Fire and EMS Departments.

Submission:

Those interested in applying should email a resume and letter of interest to Westport Town Clerk –  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ; or mail Westport Town Clerk, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Room 105, Westport, CT 06880; telephone 203-341-1110.  Please indicate how your experience would qualify you for consideration as a panel member.  Following receipt of this material, screened candidates will be provided more detailed information about the CRP's role and undergo an interview process. Deadline for submission is Monday, February 7, 2022.