Advisory Group for Obama’s Pledge (AGOP)

As part of UniteMalden 2020, one of the initiatives involves the City’s commitment to the Call to Action organized by the Obama Foundation. The focus of this pledge is working with our Police Department and the community to review use of force policies. An Advisory Group for Obama’s Pledge (AGOP), made up of residents and led by Community Outreach and Human Services Director Karen Colón Hayes, has started the process and taken on the task of the pledge that will proceed in 4 steps:

  1. Review police use of force policies (with the Police Department);
  2. Engage the Community by including their input in the review whether by a survey or other means;
  3. Report the findings of the review to the community and seek their feedback; and,
  4. Reform policies by offering recommendations.

AGOP will keep the public updated as the process moves forward. There will also be minutes posted on the website and the community is encouraged to reach out with suggestions to Karen Colón Hayes at