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Police Civilian Review Board Community Forum & Survey

Post Date:04/23/2018 2:19 PM
The City of Charlottesville will hold a community forum for 13 candidates seeking positions on a new seven-member Police Civilian Review Board. The event will be held Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

 

An online survey has been launched to collect community input on the 13 candidates under consideration. Ballots may also be completed in the City Manager's office and at the Community Forum.

 

 

Background

On December 18, 2017, City Council approved the creation of the Police Civilian Review Board and advertised for qualified applicants.

 

Council will appoint seven initial members to one-year terms. The board will reflect the community on the whole, inclusive of members of minority and low wealth communities and members who have direct experience with past and current Charlottesville Police Department policing practices.
Of the 25 applications received, 17 were from City residents and Council decided to limit the board's membership to residents of Charlottesville. Four candidates have withdrawn their applications and 13 have decided to participate in the Civilian Review Board Community Forum.

 

Applicants participating in the forum:
Gloria Beard
Sarah Burke
Juan Gonzalez
Helen Plainsance
Guillermo Ubilla
Josh Bowers
Jeff Fogel
Maggie Harden
James Shea Jr.
Evan Brown
Don Gathers
Rosia Y. Parker
Katrina Turner
The forum will be co-moderated by local mediation consultant Robert Garrity and local human resources professional Mitsuko Clemmons-Nazeer.

 

The format for the community forum will be as follows:
  • 5:30 p.m.-- Welcome / Brief Introduction (Forum Facilitators)
  • 5:45 p.m. -- Opening Statements (CRB Applicants)
  • 6:15 p.m. -- Community Q&A (Attendees / CRB Applicants / Facilitators)
  • 8:15 p.m. -- Conclusion / Open Social (light refreshments provided)
Opportunities for public input on the selection of board members

The public may provide City Council with input at the forum and via the online survey. Additional materials are available on the City's website that include the bios of the applicants and facilitators. Councilors are expected to select seven applicants to serve on the Civilian Review Board at their meeting June 4.

 

About the work of the Police Civilian Review Board

Council seeks to answer the call for a police civilian review board that places emphasis on independence, accountability, and transparency.Council believes relationship building, community trust, and civilian engagement are as critical today for police as they have ever been.
The initial Police Civilian Review Board will be tasked with drafting bylaws, which shall address matters including, but not limited to:
  • Defining the CRB's proposed mission;
  • Proposing CRB membership, including number of members, representation, membership criteria and length of term;
  • Researching, documenting and incorporating best practices for independent civilian review boards, including but not limited to working with such groups as the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE);
  • Creating guidelines or a Memorandum of Understanding for effectively interacting with the Chief of Police;
  • Defining an effective and cooperative structure for CRB review of police actions;
  • Developing procedures for reviewing police matters, including but not limited to investigative detention reports, use-of-force incidents, and internal affairs appeals;
  • Implementing mechanisms for reporting out findings, including a quarterly report delivered to Council;
  • Seeking input from the City Attorney, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and the Chief of Police as to whether or not special enabling legislation and ordinances are required, and to ensure legal constraints, liability concerns, and privacy issues are properly addressed;
  • Providing appropriate CRB member training; and
  • Recommending level of City staff support for the CRB

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