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Kalamazoo Public Safety Policies and Documents Now Available for Public Review

The City of Kalamazoo has published Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) policies, training and recruiting documents, budget information, and union contracts and other information for public review on a new website which can be found at www.kalamazoocity.org/kdpstransparency.

These documents are provided along with other relevant information such as links to submit a FOIA request, information about the Citizens Public Safety Review and Appeals board, and crime statistics.

More than 100 of KDPS’s policies and procedures are immediately available for review. These include the most commonly requested policies covering topics such as use of force, search and seizure, handcuffing and restraints, bias in policing, body-worn cameras, and reporting.

Documents also include contracts with the Kalamazoo Police Supervisors Association and the Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers Association, the two unions that represent Public Safety Officers. 

Published recruiting and training information includes topics covered in the Advanced Police Academy provided by KDPS, which provides further training on topics and information unique to the City of Kalamazoo. Fire Academy and Medical First Responder training courses are also available. Additionally, the KDPS hiring process, the Department’s recruiting plan for 2020-2022, and a summary of the KDPS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Program are available for download.

The KDPS budget is available for public review using the interactive OpenGov platform. This allows for more detailed views than are available in the City budget document that is published annually.

This new web page will be updated frequently and will include updates related to the City Manager’s Action Plan that was introduced on June 15. The plan includes a policy review as well as a review of the actions taken by KDPS in response to protests and civil unrest that occurred between May 30 and June 2. It also calls for additional training for Public Safety Officers and City of Kalamazoo staff on history, racism, and equity, and a review and update to the traffic stop study which was completed in 2013.

ELECTRONIC MEETING NOTICE - Citizens Public Safety Review and Appeal Board - July 14, 2020

The Citizens Public Safety Review and Appeal Board will meet on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

This meeting will be conducted electronically in order for members, staff, and the public to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 2020-110, “Temporary restrictions on certain events, gatherings, and businesses.”

Accessing the Meeting

The meeting will be streamed live on the City’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooCity/) and YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIgXSSXLSDxThVaaiRMsR5Q).

Members of the public without a computer or internet access can listen to the meeting by calling 269.552.6425 and entering Meeting ID 974 2887 9720 when prompted.

Public Input and Participating in the Meeting

The agenda for this meeting is available on the City's website at:  https://www.kalamazoocity.org/docman/boards-commissions/cpsrab/6664-citizens-public-safety-review-and-appeals-board-agenda-july-14-2020/file

Persons who wish to contact members of the Citizens Public Safety Review and Appeal Board to provide input about items on the meeting agenda or to make general comments may do so on July 14, 2020 between 5:30 p.m. and the end of the public comment period by calling 269.226.6573 and leaving a recording.

Instructions for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to effectively participate in this meeting should contact Patricia Vargas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting to request assistance.

MEETING NOTICE - Environmental Concerns Committee - July 15, 2020

The Environmental Concerns Committee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

This meeting will be conducted electronically in order for members, staff, and the public to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 2020-110, “Temporary restrictions on certain events, gatherings and businesses.”

Accessing the Meeting

The meeting can be accessed using the following methods:

Online using a web browser: https://zoom.us/j/96274657118

Go to the web address

  • When prompted, enter Meeting ID 962 7465 7118

Telephone:  269.552.6425

  • Call the phone number.
  • When prompted, enter the Meeting ID 962 7465 7118 followed by #
  • Press # again to be connected

Note: participants will be muted when they enter the meeting. Video, chat, and screen sharing features will be disabled.

Public Input and Participating in the Meeting

The agenda for this meeting is available at:

https://www.kalamazoocity.org/boarddocs/ecc?category[0]=65&category_children=1&own=0

Persons who wish to contact members of the Environmental Concerns Committee to provide input or ask questions about items on the meeting agenda may do so during the meeting at designated times for public comments. To address the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, meeting participants will need to “raise their hand” to indicate they want to speak.

To raise your hand while participating online, click the “Raise Hand” icon at the bottom of the Zoom Screen

To raise your hand while participating via phone, press *9

After you raise your hand you will be informed when it is your turn to speak, and your microphone will be unmuted at that time. Your microphone will be muted again when you have finished your comments or when your speaking time has expired.

Instructions for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to effectively participate in City Commission meetings should contact Malissa Drzick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting to request assistance.

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