BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council is seeking community input on creating a police advisory committee.

The council will hold a listening session and work meeting virtually at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, where it will consider what a task force related to the Bemidji Police Department would look like. To help in that process, the council is asking the public to submit answers to the following questions before the session:

  • Is there a need for a police advisory committee in the city of Bemidji?

  • If so, who should be a part of the committee?

  • What would you like the role and responsibilities of the committee to be?

  • What should the role be of the Bemidji Police Department and City Council in this advisory committee?

  • Do you feel there is a need for creating an equity committee?

  • If so, then do you feel this equity committee should be separate or incorporated into the police advisory committee?

  • How would a police advisory committee and/or an equity committee help make the city of Bemidji a better place to live?

While the council is seeking responses to these questions, members also said that citizens don't have to limit their comments to being strictly about the above questions.

Written responses may be submitted prior to the public meeting to the City Clerk via mail, drop box, or in person at 317 4th St. NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 or by email at cityclerk@ci.bemidji.mn.us.

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To request a link to the remote meeting access via video, email the city clerk. To call into the meeting and provide a testimony, call (218) 759-3570 for further direction.