Public Safety Advisory Board


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About the Public Safety Advisory Board

The City of Mountain View Public Safety Advisory Board was established in 2020 to advise and make recommendations to the City Council, City Manager and Police Chief on public safety matters.

general functions of the Public Safety Advisory Board

The Public Safety Advisory Board serves solely in an advisory capacity and is tasked with:

  • Providing the City Council, City Manager and Police Chief with community informed input and recommendations on public safety matters
  • Serving as a forum for public discussion of public safety matters, including community policing concepts, furthering MVPD engagement and transparency efforts, and identifying best practices
  • Acting as a liaison between the community and Police Department


The Public Safety Advisory Board meeting schedule is to be determined.


The PSAB includes up to seven members. Appointments to the first PSAB will include three positions serving 2-year terms expiring in 2023 and four positions serving 4-year terms expiring in 2025. Subsequent appointments to the PSAB will all be for 4-year terms.

To bring diverse representation to the PSAB, the City Council strives to appoint members from different neighborhoods, of varying ages, races, professions and cultures.

PSAB Work Plan

The PSAB will review topics discussed at the Ad-Hoc Council Subcommittee on Race, Equity, and Inclusion meetings in 2020 and propose a work plan for City Council approval. Potential work plan items include review of MVPD contact data demographics, exploration of alternative responses to mental health related calls for service, and review of community input from the Human Relations Commissions 2020 community listening forums on local policing, MVPDx Partnering for the Future participants and other sources.

Additional Information

The PSAB will have a staff liaison and receive support from both the City Manager’s Office and Police Department. Melvin Gaines, Principal Management Analyst from the City Manager’s Office, serves as the lead staff liaison. The lead liaison is responsible for developing the agenda and overseeing the information and recommendations presented to the PSAB. Captain Michael Canfield serves as a support liaison from the Police Department.

For additional information, please contact the staff liaisons at