ROCKLAND — The Rockland City Council voted July 12 to create a committee to review policing in the community.

The Council voted to create an ad-hoc committee to “investigate ways to improve community policing in Rockland” and report those recommendations to the City Council. The works is expected to take 12 months to complete but the committee can ask for additional time.

Councilor Ben Dorr said this was an important conversation to have.

Councilor Sarah Austin said the police department is a partner, and the city and review does not need to be confrontational.

Former Councilor Joseph Steinberger voiced support for the committee, but dismissed the calls to defund.

“The talk of defunding police is nonsense,” Steinberger said.

He said the city should, however, look at whether there are ways to improve efficiency.

The committee will consist of seven members. Mayor Ed Glaser will nominate committee members, and the City Council will vote Aug. 9 on confirmation of those nominees. The order approved July 12 by the Council calls for the committee to represent as many different opinions as possible.

Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf renewed her call for Glaser to recuse himself from the nomination process and instead turn it over to the city manager. She claimed people have voiced concerns to her about the mayor having a perceived conflict because of his family.

Other councilors, however, said they have the confirmation decision authority and expressed no such concern about the mayor.

Glaser said a lot of people expressed interest on serving on the committee. He said the number one quality he is looking for in a committee member is the ability to work with other people, with the aim to make a better community.

The new committee will be directed to look at: department hiring practices; training; officer wellness; what size and scope of services is appropriate for Rockland; if should there be a standing committee; how to best provide mental health and substance abuse services for people who interact with officers; allow anonymous input from people who feel vulnerable; arrest and crime data, use of force, and if there are any biases; transparency in data; whether there are duplication of services with other agencies; and traffic enforcement.