Videos of Sharon Bulova’s Community Review Committee 7/9 Meeting: School Resource Officer Memorandum of Understanding
These videos were recorded at the Community Review Committee Meeting on School Resource Officer Memorandum of Understanding. The meeting was conducted on July 9, 2018, at the Government Center, Room 232. No public notice was provided announcing the meeting.
Comments from Committee members had previously been submitted before the July 9 meeting. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova’s office had rewritten and merged those comments into a new document, which was presented to the Committee and public for the first time at the July 9 meeting (but not made available to the public). Relevant background documents include:
- The list of organizations and individuals on the Community Review Committee: SRO Policy Review – Members-7.2.18
- The mission of the Community Review Committee: SRO Community Review Committee Scope_Mission
- The FCPD/FCPS draft SRO MOU, which was the baseline for the comments made by the Community Review Committee: SRO MOU DRAFT REDLINE-7.2.18
A School Safety forum was held June 25 to inform the public on current practices in Fairfax County and Virginia on school safety and security. Video of the forum and related documents are here.
The first Community Review Committee meeting was held July 2, 2018. Meeting minutes are here
FOLLOW-ON MEETING JULY 19, 2018:
Regarding the “open meetings” status of the Committee, on July 11 Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova’s office emailed a statement asserting:
“With regard to questions from the committee about whether or not this committee constitutes a public body, we do not believe the SRO Community Review Committee is a public body. The recommendations made by the committee are intended to provide advice directly to the Chairman and staff, and not the Board of Supervisors as a whole. Therefore, this committee is not subject to the open meeting requirements of FOIA, and its meetings do not need to be advertised, open to the public or have minutes recorded. Members of the committee may hold discussions with as many members as they would like in private.
Even though this committee is not a public body under FOIA and we do not need to advertise meetings, I have added our upcoming meeting to the public calendar anyway, simply out of courtesy to anyone who may wish to attend. We have also been taking minutes, and the public is certainly welcome to sit in. For members of any committee, regardless of FOIA requirements, discussing the work of the committee out in the open and in front of the public is a best practice for demonstrating transparency for other community members and helps ensure success of the committee.”
Therefore, the “next and final” meeting will be open for the public to attend. That meeting will be held Thursday July 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Government Center in Conference Rooms 9/10. It replaces an earlier meeting on July 16 which was reportedly cancelled.
We advise arriving early to the July 19 meeting, as the July 9 meeting was crowded.
A. Proposal to remove all SROs from schools
Sookyung Oh, D.C. Area Director, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) proposes removing all SROs from Fairfax schools (2 excerpts):
(Starting at 5:20)
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B. Far-reaching changes resulting from proposed changes to SRO MOU
Diane Alejandro, ACLU People Power Fairfax, proposes revising many Fairfax County Public School and Fairfax County Police Department documents in order to bring them in line with the recommendations of ACLU, NAACP, NAKASEC and some other committee members (3 excerpts):
(Starting at 16:50)
(Starting at 18:42)
(Starting at 19:20)