RPLG Partner Jon Holtzman.
Partner Jon Holtzman recently served as Special Counsel to the Fresno Commission on Police Reform (CPR), leading an RPLG team that provided guidance for the entire Commission. The Commission delivered a final report detailing 73 recommendations to the Fresno City Council.
During the process, Fresnans frequently referred to their relationship with the police department as a “tale of two cities” because of the divergent experiences of its geographically and politically discrete communities. RPLG personnel helped to support the reconciliation process and to provide policy options to the commissioners.
The Fresno Commission for Police Reform was created in June 2020 following the death of George Floyd and the related protests. After the Fresno mayor and members of the City Council appointed 37 community leaders and experts on public safety as members, the Commission conducted extensive community outreach and research to develop recommendations for reform.
Jon was joined by RPLG.Solutions Consultant (and former Fresno City Manager) Bruce Rudd and RPLG Paralegals/Policy Analysts Sofia Cutler and Manik Marasinghe. The RPLG team worked on a broad spectrum of issues relevant to the work of the CPR, including use of force, recruitment, culture, diversity, the oversight process, police budgets, response to calls with a mental or behavioral health component and community-based prevention efforts. Working with the Subcommittee on Police Tactics, Training, Policies, and Philosophy, Jon helped to develop an oversight model to strengthen the Office of Independent Review (OIR) and to create a new Civilian Oversight Board (COB).