jim cooper

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins this week as chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Community and Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities. The goal of the Committee is to explore how to build strong, trusting and collaborative relationships between communities and local law enforcement through education and open communication.

“As a former Sacramento County Sheriff’s Captain, I have a first-hand understanding of the challenges of building trusting relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. I anticipate a productive and informative dialogue on the issues and constructive outcomes,” Assemblymember Cooper said.

“I look forward to chairing this Committee and further exploring these important issues,” Cooper added.

The Committee will examine strategies to build community trust by educating community members on law enforcement goals, objectives, legal responsibilities and challenges including diversity in recruitment, training, and retention. The Committee will also examine the effects of socioeconomics, level of education, historical culture, police presence and tactics used to police neighborhoods, and how they affect the relationships between the two stakeholders.

Earlier this month, Cooper was also appointed by Speaker Atkins to serve on the California Crime Victims’ Memorial Review Committee. The Committee is tasked with overseeing the design, construction and maintenance of a memorial in Capitol Park to honor California residents who are victims of crime.

Assemblymember Cooper represents the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt and Lodi.