Nome’s PSAC Fails to Make Quorum Again, NPD’s Use of Force Policy Not Discussed

Man and woman sitting at same side of table discussing topic with audience.

Nome’s Public Safety Advisory Commission did not hold its scheduled discussion on the use of force policy during their Monday meeting. The intent was to gain input from a drafted use of force policy before it is approved by the City Manager’s office.

The PSAC failed to make quorum or have the minimum number of five commissioners needed to hold a meeting last week, for the second time in a row. The last time the group failed to meet quorum was November 1st, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the municipal body did not attempt to meet in December or January.

The purpose of the public safety advisory commission is to advise Nome’s City Council on matters relating to public safety and health, foster relationships between the public and the department of public safety, and to encourage high ethical standards. They also aim to promote the provision of quality law enforcement services to all residents with sensitivity, cultural understanding, and racial equity. Lastly the PSAC provides an alternative method for accepting citizen concerns relating to officer conduct or public safety practices.

Though no official meeting took place last week, and the PSAC has not been able to accomplish much official business in recent months, the commission did swear in its newest member.

“I Shauntel Bruner-Alvanna do solemnly swear that I’ll support the constitution of the United States.”

– Shauntel Bruner-Alvanna

Bruner-Alvanna makes seven appointed members currently on the commission. However, two commissioner positions still remain open. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Public Safety Advisory Commission, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (907) 443-6663.

Image at top: Deputy Clerk Christine Piscoya (left) and City Manager Glenn Steckman (right) at Nome City Council meeting in November, 2019. Photo from Emily Hofsteadter, KNOM.