Monday, August 10, 2020

Public Hearing scheduled on proposed changes to Dallas Citizens Police Review Board

The Dallas City Council will be briefed on proposed changes to the Citizens Police Review Board on April 3. Members of the public will have an opportunity to share their comments with City Council during a public hearing following the briefing presentation. Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall will brief the board on the following items:

  • Board Structure and Staffing
  • Complaint Handling Process
  • Critical Incidents
  • Engagement and Transparency

Proposed changes

A few highlighted recommendations include:

  • Changing the name to Community Police Oversight Board (CPOB)
  • Creation of the Office of Community Police Oversight (OPO) consisting of three staff members within the City Manager’s Office
  • Develop a central intake point for complaints
  • When a complaint is received, OPO may recommend:
    •  Mediation, Internal Affairs Division (IAD) Investigation or Division Supervisor Investigation
    •  Chief Maintains discretion on investigation track and timing
  • OPO may monitor external administrative investigations conducted by IAD
    •  Most common external complaints involve rudeness, unprofessionalism, and procedural violations
    • Will not be physically present in interview process, but may observe from separate room
    •  OPO may request information, submit questions, and provide feedback

To review the full recommendation click here.

Any member of the public interested in speaking during the hearing is required to register with the City Secretary’s Office at 214-670-3738. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.

The meeting may also be viewed online at http://www.dallascitynews.net/watch-live.

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