ROCKLAND — Rockland Mayor Ed Glaser nominated seven people to serve on the Police Review Committee.

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

Nominated to the committee are Angela McIntyre, Emily Emmott, Paul Dube, Anne “Pinny” Beebe-Center, Dana Crane, Joseph Steinberger and Russell Beauchemin. Councilor Nate Davis will be a non-voting member of the committee to serve as a liaison to the City Council.

McIntyre, a five-year resident of Rockland, was one of the leading proponents last year for the creation of the committee.

Emmott stated in her application for the committee that she has a level head, an ability to listen and skill in data collection and management. Emmott, a five-year resident of the city, said she also wants to best tackle challenges the police face in the community.

Dube, a six-year resident of Rockland, states in his application that he wants to help improve the department. He said the department ignores enforcement of laws such as noise and speeding.

Beebe-Center is a former state representative for Rockland and Owls Head and is running for the state Senate in 2022. She has lived in Rockland for 41 years.

Crane, a five-year resident of Rockland, said he plans to bring time, energy, ambition, a positive attitude and a peace-keeping nature to the committee.

Steinberger is a 38-year resident of Rockland, an attorney, who served one term on the City Council as well as serving on the Parks Commission and Zoning Board. At the July meeting when the committee was created, Steinberger voiced support for the committee, but dismissed the calls to defund police.

Beauchemin has been a Rockland resident for two years. He previously served on the school board in Smyrna.

The City Council will vote formally at its Sept. 13 meeting to confirm the nominations.

The new committee will be directed to look at: department hiring practices; training; officer wellness; appropriate size and scope of services for Rockland; if should there be a standing committee; how to best provide mental health and substance abuse services for those 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.

A petition was filed with the Rockland City Council in August 2020 by a group calling for reallocating money from police to social services. That petition gathered 135 local signatures.

In July 2020, petition organizer McIntyre said “defunding of police cannot happen without also investing in programs that create safety, security and well-being for our communities.”

The petition called for an immediate budget increase freeze for law enforcement.

“This is not a demand to immediately eliminate the police department. But it is a commitment to work towards building a city and a budget where police will become obsolete,” she said in August 2020.

Supporters of the police department responded to the August 2020 petition by gathering over 300 signatures themselves from Rockland residents in support for law enforcement.

The committee is advisory only.