Laramie Police Advisory Board

To apply to serve on the Laramie Police Advisory Board please complete an application and return it to the City Clerk's Office via email clerk@cityoflaramie.org or in person at 406 Ivinson Ave.

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PURPOSE 

A. Purpose – The purpose of the Board is to expand public transparency and further accountability in an effort to promote greater trust and understanding of law enforcement training, policies, practices, and procedures. 

B. Mission Statement – The mission of the Board is to promote the highest principles of professional police conduct including, but not limited to, training, hiring practices, policy, consistency in policing, community relations and outreach, use of force, and the review of citizen complaints. 

C. Power to advise -- The Board shall act as an advisory body for the Chief of Police, City Manager and City Council. The Board is not an administrative agency of the City of Laramie, nor are its proceedings administrative proceedings. The Board exercises no control over the policies, procedures or personnel of the Laramie Police Department.

Meetings

  • Regular meetings of the board shall be held at least 6 times per year. These meetings shall be held at such time and place as designated by a majority of the entire board and with appropriate notice to each board member and the public. (Will be set by Resolution by Laramie Police Advisory Board.)
    • The first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm on odd months (January, March, May, July, September, November) located at the Laramie Police Department Classroom, 620 Plaza Court (LPAB Resolution 2023-01)
  • City Council Liaison: Sharon Cumbie
  • Staff Liaison: City Manager and Chief of Police

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.

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Minutes are available following approval.

Members

The Board shall consist of the City Manager (non-voting member), the Police Chief (non-voting member), and 5 civilian members (voting members) who shall be appointed by the City Council in accordance with Laramie Municipal Code 2.60.010. The City Council shall identify a member to act as Liaison to the Board.

Appointed members of the Board shall serve a 3-year term of office. The terms of office for appointed members shall be staggered so that no more than two members’ terms shall expire each year.

Current Members:

  • Susie Scott
    Term expires: October 31, 2024
    Reso 2023-71
  • Elizabeth Powers
    Term expires: October 31, 2025
    Reso 2024-07
  • Bob Sell
    Term expires: October 31, 2025
    Reso 2023-71
  • Ted Cramer- Chair
    Term expires: October 31, 2026
    Reso 2023-71
  • Mitch Cushman- Vice Chair
    Term expires: October 31, 2026
    Reso 2023-71
  • Chief of Police (Non-voting member)
  • City Manager (Non-voting member)

Board Responsibility

A. The Board shall serve as an advisory body and provide recommendations to the Chief of Police, City Manager, and City Council as follows: 

1. Policy Review and Recommendations. The Board shall review and consider the general orders, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the Police Department, and provide recommendations to the Police Chief of changes that are consistent with the Board’s purpose. 

2. Monitoring Police Training. The Board shall monitor the Department’s compliance with the training mandates of the Wyoming Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) and shall receive quarterly reports from the Chief of Police regarding the status of the Department’s compliance efforts. 

3. Use of Force. Review Use of Force incidents in which a police officer or peace officer employs force as follows: 

a. When an officer engages in conduct which results in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. Serious bodily injury is defined as bodily injury that involves a substantial risk of death, unconsciousness, protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty. 

b. Any use of force deemed by the Chief of Police to be of high public interest.

 c. In evaluating the particular use of force consistent with Department policy and applicable law, the Board shall consider the totality of the circumstances from the perspective of an objectively reasonable Police Officer on the scene at the time of the use of force, rather than with the perfect vision of hindsight, while allowing for the fact that a Police Officer is often forced to make split-second judgments in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving. In judging the amount of force that is necessary in a particular situation, the Board shall also consider that a Police Officer’s use of force is a serious responsibility which shall be exercised judiciously and with respect for human rights and dignity and for the sanctity of every human life. 

B. The Chief of Police shall report to the Board statistics on officer-involved shootings, use-of-force, and complaints via an annual report. The Chief of Police will also be responsible for providing presentations and reports on relevant topics. 

Authority: Laramie Municipal Code 2.60
By-laws for the Laramie Police Advisory Board