Pennsylvania Governor Appoints Leaders for CLEAR Commission

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PENNSYLVANIA — Governor Josh Shapiro this past week appointed Mrs. Christa Caceres as Chair and Mr. David Sonenshein as Vice-Chair of the Pennsylvania Citizen Law Enforcement Advisory and Review (CLEAR) Commission. The swearing-in ceremony, held at the State Capitol on Tuesday, emphasized the administration’s commitment to fostering public trust in law enforcement.

The CLEAR Commission will consist of law enforcement experts and criminal justice reform advocates from across the state. Their primary role will be to support public safety and ensure accountability for state law enforcement agencies. The Commission will review completed internal investigations and make public recommendations based on these reviews.

Governor Shapiro expressed his confidence in the newly appointed leaders, stating, “I am proud to appoint Christa Caceres and David Sonenshein to lead the CLEAR Commission. Their combined experience in law enforcement, criminal justice reform, and community advocacy will help ensure a wide range of perspectives are heard as we work to ensure every Pennsylvanian can be safe and feel safe in their community.”

Caceres, a Pike County Commissioner, brings over 20 years of experience in community advocacy and civil rights protection. Sonenshein, a retired law professor from Temple University School of Law, is an expert in criminal procedure and evidence.

“I am honored to be appointed Chair of the CLEAR Commission,” said Caceres. “I am committed to working with the Commission to improve policing practices in Pennsylvania and ensure that all communities are treated with fairness and respect.”

The CLEAR Commission is part of Governor Shapiro’s commitment to increasing transparency and accountability within law enforcement. It operates under the Office of State Inspector General (OSIG), which provides administrative support.

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The Commission will review and make recommendations to several agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor. These include the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the Department of General Services (DGS) Capitol Police, the Department of Corrections (DOC) Law Enforcement Sub-units, the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) Park Rangers, the OSIG Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution, and the Department of Agriculture (PDA) Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

For more information about the CLEAR Commission and its work, visit the Office of State Inspector General’s website.

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