The mission of the Law Enforcement Transparency and Advisory Commission (LETAC) is to make recommendations to City Council which would promote improved understanding and relationships between the police department and the public.
A city that values and solicits input from all Colorado Springs community members with its police department, as the foundation for transparent and inclusive service-oriented policing. We envision a community built on mutual trust between the Colorado Springs community and its police department.
To accomplish this, the Commission will:
- provide a conduit for the concerns and needs of both citizens and the police department to be shared and discussed with City Council;
- analyze and provide feedback to City Council with other policy recommendations; and,
- assist City Council with budget, appropriation, and resource allocation recommendations utilizing data-driven audits of law enforcement performance.
At a Special City Council Work Session June 16, 2020, City Council directed staff to move forward with forming the new advisory committee tasked with bringing policy recommendations to City Council, the Mayor and the Colorado Springs Police Department.
On June 23, 2020 City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance to create the Law Enforcement Transparency and Advisory Commission. It was approved by a vote of 8 to 1. On July 13 City Council passed the second reading, approved by a 8 to 0 vote.
Regular Monthly Meetings
The Commission typically meets on the first and third Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please check the Agendas and Minutes tab for upcoming meetings. Members of the public may attend in person or remote via Microsoft Teams:
In Person: City Hall, 107 N Nevada, Suite 200 (Pikes Peak Conference Room)
Microsoft Teams*: Check agenda for link to join
*Microsoft Teams Meetings – Anyone requiring captioning must join via software instead of the browser. Currently capability does not exist on Teams to join via the browser. In other words, you must download the Windows App when or prior to joining. In accordance with the ADA, anyone requiring an accommodation to participate in this meeting should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
2023 Meeting Schedule
Monday, January 9, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, January 23, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, February 6, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, March 6, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, March 20, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, April 3, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, April 17, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, May 1, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, May 15, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, June 5, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, June 19, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, August 21, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, September 4, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, September 18, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, October 2, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, October 16, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, November 6, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, November 20, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, December 4, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m.
Listening and Learning Initiative
2021 1st Quarter Topics
Communication (January 19 / February 1)
- How could CSPD’s approach to communication with the community more effectively build and maintain trust between law enforcement and citizens?
- What improvements (website, online, face-to-face, etc.) are being made to increase CSPD transparency?
- What data about Colorado Springs policing do members of the community have an interest in but are not readily available now?
Racial Bias (February 16 / March 1)
- To what extent does racial bias influence policing in Colorado Springs, and how is it best addressed?
- To what extent are CSPD interactions with racial minorities different than those with racial majority populations?
- What training is in place to minimize bias? What evidence do we have that such training is effective?
- What screening occurs at the level of recruitment to promote equitable treatment of citizens and minimize bias?
Crisis Response (March 15 / April 5)
- What approaches to crisis response (procedures, policies, models, etc.) have been adopted by CSPD? How do we know they are effective?
- From the perspective of overall public safety, how do we effectively allocate resources between traditional policing (which would require an armed response to a call for service) and crisis response (which would not)?
Use of Force (April 19 / May 3)
- Are the use of force policies and practices sufficient to best meet the needs of our community?
- To what extent are mechanisms for accountability sufficient to promote public safety?
- When law enforcement investigates itself, how do we ensure there is minimal conflict of interest?
NOTE: LETAC also approved the convening of additional monthly Listening Sessions to augment the ‘Listening and Learning’ process. Citizen comments at these sessions may lead to consideration of additional topics and/or re-prioritizing of those listed above.
Adopted Listening and Learning Framework
Deb Walker, District 1
1st Term - Sep 22, 2020 to Sep 24, 2024
Deb Walker currently serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at The Independence Center in Colorado Springs, a nonprofit that is the local home of civil rights for people with disabilities. Prior to this, for six years she was the executive director of Citizens Project an organization that advocates for equity, inclusion, and justice in the Pikes Peak region. In that role she became involved in policing transparency and accountability advocacy. She feels strongly about equipping community members to understand the issues affecting them and activating them to speak out on issues they care about.
Jim Mason, District 1
1st Term – April 12, 2022 to Sep 26, 2023
D’Ontay Roy, District 2
1st Term – April 12, 2022 to Sep 26, 2024
D’Ontay Roy is a 21-year Air Force Veteran. He has spent over 12 years in Colorado Springs serving in various positions such as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator, Suicide Prevention Counselor and a youth/High School football Coach. He holds a degree in Integrated Leadership Studies from Central Michigan University. He strongly feels the need of bridging the gap between law enforcement and community members to make Colorado Springs a safe place to live and grow.
Brent Windebank, District 2
1st Term - Sep 22, 2020 to Sep 24, 2024
Brent Windebank is a proud Colorado Springs native, coach, researcher, and university student. Improving public safety, giving voice to marginalized community members, and being solution-oriented are some of his priorities while serving Colorado Springs on LETAC. Whenever he has free time, he can be found hiking, fishing, volunteering at his church, playing volleyball, or connecting with other community members at a local coffee shop!
Rachel Flick, District 3
1st Term - Sep 22, 2020 to Sep 27, 2022
Rachael Flick, LPC, NCC, is a trauma therapist and licensed counselor. Her late husband, El Paso County Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick, was killed in the line of duty, arresting a suspected car thief. Rachael is a single mother of twins, a speaker, podcaster, author, and community advocate. Rachael is working to bridge the gap between the public and the police through communication, transparency and cultural transformation.
Nikki Hernandez, District 3
1st Term – June 14, 2022 to September 26, 2023
Terry Martinez, District 3
1st Term - Sep 22, 2020 to Sep 26, 2023
Martinez worked at several area schools during his 31-year career in education, serving as a principal, assistant principal and teacher. Martinez serves on the Judicial Review Commission for the 4th Judicial District and on the El Paso County Parks Advisory Board.
Janice Frazier, District 4
1st Term - Sep 22, 2020 to Sep 27, 2022
Janice “JJ” Frazier has been active in the Colorado Springs community for many, many years. She is a graduate of Widefield High School and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Operations from Colorado Technical University (CTU). She has had a distinguished 40-year career in public education with Widefield School District 3 and Colorado Springs School District 11, in Colorado Springs, CO, and the Detroit Public Schools in Detroit, Michigan. As Chair of the Board of Directors, she has led the Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region, formerly known as the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region since 2012. Currently, Ms. Frazier serves as Chair of the Law Enforcement and Advisory Commission (LETAC) in Colorado Springs.
Felicia Embry, District 6
1st Term - Sep 22, 2020 to Sep 26, 2023
Embry is the owner/operator of Thelma Lou’s Innersoul Food catering company and runs her own financial consulting firm.
Joseph Cheung, District 2 (Alternate)
1st Term – April 12, 2022 to April 8, 2025
Chiquita Isom, District 2 (Alternate)
1st Term - April 12, 2022 to April 8, 2025
- Jan. 19, 2021 - The Colorado Springs Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission begins the Listening and Learning Initiative
- Nov. 18, 2020 - Podcast: What Does LETAC stand for?
- June 24, 2020 - Podcast: Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission
- June 23, 2020 - Media Advisory: City Council approves Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission
- June 17, 2020 - News release: Application process now open for new Police Accountability Advisory Committee
- June 12, 2020 - Podcast: Police Advisory Committee
- June 12, 2020 - Mayor Suthers’ statement to City Council on the creation of a Police Advisory Committee
- June 10, 2020 - Podcast: Mayor Suthers and Police Chief Niski
- June 8, 2020 - News Release Mayor John Suthers Lets Curfew Expire; Praises Peaceful Protesters and Police
- June 3, 2020 - News Rease: Mayor Suthers Enacts Curfew for Colorado Springs from Wednesday Night to Monday Morning
Agendas and Minutes
- December 5, 2022 agenda
- November 22, 2022 agenda
- November 21, 2022 agenda
- November 17, 2022 agenda
- November 7, 2022 agenda
- October 21, 2022 agenda
- October 17, 2022 agenda
- October 3, 2022 agenda
- September 19, 2022 agenda | September 19, 2022 minutes
- September 6, 2022 agenda | September 6, 2022 minutes
- August 15, 2022 agenda | August 15, 2022 minutes
- August 1, 2022 agenda | August 1, 2022 minutes
- July 18, 2022 agenda | July 18, 2022 minutes
- July 5, 2022 agenda | July 5, 2022 minutes
- June 21, 2022 agenda | June 21, 2022 minutes
- June 6, 2022 agenda | June 6, 2022 minutes
- May 16, 2022 agenda | May 16, 2022 minutes
- May 2, 2022 agenda | May 2, 2022 minutes
- Use of Force Study April 25, 2022
- April 20, 2022 agenda
- April 18, 2022 agenda | April 18, 2022 minutes
- April 4, 2022 agenda | April 4, 2022 minutes
- March 21, 2022 agenda
- March 3, 2022 agenda | March 7, 2022 minutes
- February 22 agenda
- February 7 agenda | February 7, 2022 minutes
- January 10 agenda | January 10, 2022 minutes
- January 24 agenda
- December 7, 2021 agenda
- November 15, 2021 agenda
- November 9, 2021 agenda
- November 1, 2021 agenda
- October 18, 2021 agenda
- October 13, 2021 agenda
- October 4, 2021 agenda
- September 20, 2021 agenda
- September 7, 2021 agenda
- August 16, 2021 agenda
- August 11, 2021 agenda
- August 2, 2021 agenda
- July 19, 2021 agenda
- July 6, 2021 agenda
- June 21, 2021 Agenda | June 21, 2021 Minutes
- June 7, 2021 Agenda | June 7, 2021 Minutes
- May 17, 2021 Agenda | May 17, 2021 Minutes
- May 3, 2021 Agenda | May 3, 2021 Minutes
- April 29, 2021 Agenda | April 29, 2021 Minutes
- April 19, 2021 Agenda | April 19, 2021 Minutes
- April 5, 2021 Agenda | April 5, 2021 Minutes
- March 15, 2021 Agenda | March 15, 2021 Minutes
- March 1, 2021 Agenda | March, 1 2021 Minutes
- February 16, 2021 Agenda | February 16 Minutes
- February 13 Town Hall Agenda | Town Hall Video
- Feburary 1, 2021 Agenda | February 1, 2021 Minutes
- January 19, 2021 Agenda | January 19 Minutes
- January 4, 2021 Agenda | January 4 Minutes