The Community Advisory Group (CAG) meets once a month and provides guidance to the Chief of Police on strategic planning, policy development, and new initiatives. The Chief of Police appoints community members who live and/or work in Fremont to the committee. Members are from diverse backgrounds, including business, education, non-profits, faith community and more.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the CAG is to bring together a representative cross-section of community perspectives to serve in an advisory capacity to the Chief of Police by providing input on policy issues, department direction and prioritization. Board members also facilitate two-way communication between the Fremont Police Department and those we serve.
“Fremont Police Department’s Community Advisory Group has existed for over 20 years and has provided invaluable guidance to us in dealing with complex issues such as immigration, homelessness, and the balance of technology and privacy rights,” states Chief Kim Petersen. The Chief’s Community Advisory Group does not receive or investigate compliments on or complaints against employees of the Fremont Police Department. The Office of Professional Standards investigates complaints of employee misconduct.
Members are selected and appointed by the Chief of Police. Members are chosen to serve on the advisory committee for their professionalism, integrity and commitment to their community. All members serve at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
- Members are expected to attend the monthly scheduled meetings
- Members are expected to engage in an honest and productive dialogue aimed at helping the department succeed at its mission to provide public safety through professional law enforcement
- Members are expected to treat each other and police staff with dignity and respect
- Members are expected to maintain the confidentiality of information that is designated as confidential and discussed and/or disclosed during the meetings
- Members are not to utilize the meetings to facilitate personal agendas
- Members are sometimes asked to facilitate communication back to the public through their community ties
- Members are encouraged to participate in major police events such as swearing-in/promotion ceremonies, National Night Out, etc.
- Members are encouraged to attend the Community Police Academy to familiarize themselves with Department operations
Background of CAG Members
The individuals serving on the Community Advisory Group hail from different backgrounds, reflecting the wonderful diversity of Fremont: we have nearly equal representation of men and women; members of various cultural and religious backgrounds; business owners; first generation immigrants; members who work in technology, telecommunications, consulting, real estate and insurance, and retired public services workers. Members either work or live in Fremont. Some members have been in Fremont for over 40 years and have witnessed the growth and development of the City.
Interests and hobbies of the members span from cooking, gardening, knitting, reading, shopping, travelling, writing, trying different kinds of tea and cuisine, to film making, meeting new people, community development, and community volunteering. Most importantly, members join the group with an interest and passion to serve and represent their community; members are working together closely with the Police Department to support community needs and priorities.
Current CAG Members are also associated with, or are serving on the board, of these local organizations:
- Alameda County Library Foundation
- American Association of University Women Fremont Chapter
- Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA)
- Bay Area Child Care
- Citizens for Better Community (CBC)
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), City of Fremont
- Fremont Education Foundation
- Fremont Unified School District
- Indo-American Community Federation (IACF)
- League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City (LWV - FNU)
- Mission and Fremont Symphony
- Niles Rotary
- Ohlone College School District
- Silicon Valley Odyssey of the Mind
- South Bay Chinese Club (SBCC)