Community Equity Action Team

RPD Community Equity Action Team

In 2018 the Redmond Police Department formed aCEAT group photo May 2019 new committee to act as an advisory council on issues of equity, transparency and community relations. The council, named the Community Equity Action Team (CEAT), is comprised of people who live or work in Redmond and includes multiple perspectives from commonly underrepresented voices.

The main goal is for the RPD to hear ideas and experiences from all parts of the community, especially those who are often overlooked. The group advises the Department on ways the police can positively impact our relationships with the people we serve.

The group is currently working with Chanin Kelly-Rae, a consultant who specializes in helping businesses and governments improve their systems to be more inclusive and equitable. Kelly-Rae’s motto is “Build nothing for us, without us,” and those words are a guiding principle as CEAT moves forward.

CEAT strives to include team members from various faith organizations, nonprofits, the LGBTQIA community, homeless outreach, domestic violence survivors, people with disabilities, City of Redmond employees, students, and representatives from ethnic and cultural communities.

The council was created in 2018 in partnership with a team of Leadership Eastside students and law enforcement representatives who came together to look at inequities between the police and the community. Stakeholders said again and again that every single interaction matters – positive and negative – and the police should work continue to build opportunities for more positive, non-enforcement interactions with their community.

For more information on the RPD Community Equity Action Council please contact Sgt. Julie Beard at 425-556-2659 or [email protected]