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01/10/2014

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SEEKING AN EXPANSION OF POWER The City Commission sits in session on Jan. 6. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE SARASOTA INDEPENDENT POLICE ADVISORY PANEL WANTS MORE SAY OVER POLICE DEPARTMENT MATTERS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Two old adages will collide Friday afternoon, Jan. 10, at the meeting of the Independent Police Advisory Panel in Sarasota City Hall. One is "Advisory boards only advise"; the second is "Power is the ability to influence events." expand the ordinance or give more leeway to the board," Chairman Elmer Berkel told the City Commission last month. On a 3-2 vote (with Mayor Shannon Snyder and Commissioner Paul Caragiulo in the minority), the commission agreed to allow Early on, I had some issues with the advisory board to this panel. We have a new [Police suggest amendments Department] administration, and this to the ordinance. Three years ago, the panel was established by ordinance. Now its members want to amend the law to has morphed into something pretty good. broaden the board's Suzanne Atwell scope of duties. Commissioner City of Sarasota "We've come to the point we need to On Friday, the board will get down to the details of the specific language needed to

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