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New Sacramento police commission meets tonight

Sacramento’s newly-formed police commission will meet for the first time tonight.

Mayor Kevin Johnson and City Manager John Shirey are scheduled to give opening remarks, followed by introductions from the 11 members of the commission. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. inside the City Council Chambers in City Hall.

The City Council voted in August to create the commission following months of community forums. The commission will analyze the diversity of the police department, as well as its training policies.

“One of the key factors in combating crime is building public trust,” the mayor said in a written statement. “Creating the Sacramento Community Police Commission is a big step towards building a stronger bridge between community members and the police department with the common goal of making our city safer.”

The commission will report its findings to the City Council each year. Its members include representatives of the faith, business and law enforcement communities.

Ryan Lillis: 916-321-1085, @Ryan_Lillis