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Police Civilian Review Board Named

Post Date:06/04/2018 6:58 PM

Charlottesville City Council has appointed seven city residents to one-year terms on a new Police Civilian Review Board.

The Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board will be:

  1. Gloria Beard
  2. Josh Bowers
  3. Sarah Burke
  4. Don Gathers
  5. Juan Gonzalez
  6. Katrina Turner
  7. Guillermo Ubilla 

About the work of the Police Civilian Review Board

Council has called upon the Police Civilian Review Board to place an 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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