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On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Denton City Council approved Resolution 2020-1110 supporting Mayor Watts’ formation of an ad hoc committee to review police use-of-force policies. The committee was charged to gather and review information, develop a report of findings, and make recommendations on police use of force policies and practices to the Mayor and City Council by September 15, 2020.

The Committee held 10 meetings and concluded its work on September 24, 2020 approving a final report and recommendations to deliver to City Council for consideration (Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 3). The report includes background information on the formation of the Committee, an overview of the Committee’s work, a summary of topics and information reviewed by the Committee regarding the Denton Police Department and use-of-force, and the findings and recommendations from the Committee.

Following the conclusion of the Ad Hoc Use-of-Force Committee, the Denton City Council adopted an ordinance on Oct. 20 creating a Denton Police Department Chief of Police’s Advisory Board through Ordinance 20-2085.

Use-of-Force Ad Hoc Committee meeting agendas, minutes, and recordings can be found on the Public Meetings page under 'Archived Meetings'.

Use-of-Force Committee Members
  • Willie Hudspeth, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Lilyan Prado-Carrillo, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • Dionte Long, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) - University of North Texas College Chapter
  • Sheryl English, Denton Police Training Advisory Committee
  • Cameron Combs, University of North Texas (UNT)
  • Dawna-Diamond Tyson, Texas Woman's University (TWU)
  • TBD, North Central Texas College (NCTC)
  • Angela Ricks, Denton Independent School District (DISD)
  • Dr. Carmen Cruz, Representative of the LGBTQ Community
  • Kamyon Conner, Representative of the LGBTQ Community
  • Rev. Cedric Chambers, Representative of the Faith Community
  • Rev. Beau Hughes, Representative of the Faith Community
  • Jaime Walker Blanton, Representative of Persons with Disabilities
  • Pam Guiterrez, Denton County MHMR
  • Yancy Green, Denton Police Officers Association
  • Travis Nicholas, Denton Municipal Police Association
  • John Baines, Denton Resident
  • Rhonda Love, Denton Resident
  • Gary Henderson, Denton Resident
  • Katina Stone Butler, Denton Resident
  • Jamell Butler, Denton Resident
Ex Officio Members
  • Police Chief Frank Dixon
  • Denton Police Accreditation and Compliance Unit Representative Dr. Richard Williams
  • City Manager Todd Hileman
  • Deputy City Attorney Mike Cronig
  • City Council Member Jesse Davis