With the existing strategic plan set to expire on Dec. 31, the Manhattan Beach Police Department is holding two public meetings to provide an update on the success of the current plan and gather input on how the public thinks they should serve residents.
The first meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Police Facility located at 420 15th Street. The second meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the same location.
Police Chief Eve Irvine says MBPD "looks forward to partnering with our community for the development of our new strategic plan that will lead us through the next three years.”
The existing plan was set under former Police Chief Rod Uyeda, who retired in 2011 and who implemented the development of a strategic plan when he became chief after the department hadn't had one in recent years.
MBPD Officer Stephanie Martin was on the committee that created that plan and said that staff, a facilitator and Chief Irvine will be at the two meetings this month.
Martin said the department wants to know what's important to the public and whether or not MBPD is meeting its needs.
"We want to make sure we're doing things the way our community wants us to and to make sure we're delivering the services our community wants," she said.
The previous strategic plan did not include public input gathered through meetings , instead relying on police department personnel from all departments and divisions within MBPD for their input.
RSVPS are not required but can be made by calling Martin at 310-802-5186.
Correction: MBPD Officer Stephanie Martin will not attend the two public strategic plan meetings as previously reported. Patch apologizes for this error.