Civilian Complaint Review Boards

Civilian Complaint Review Boards

Civilian Complaint Review Boards

In line with William M. Wells & Joseph A. Schafer

about Civilian Complaint Review Boards in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Civilian complaint review boards, also referred to as citizen oversight of police, operate in diverse ways. These boards include citizens in the process of handling complaints against individual police officers and monitoring police organizations. A general goal is to enhance police accountability by ensuring that officers use appropriate levels of force, officers treat individuals without bias, police organizations support policies and procedures that facilitate professionalism, and procedures exist for the fair receipt and investigation of complaints against the police. Dramatic incidents of police misconduct focus attention on the mechanisms that exist or do not exist to prevent and respond to such conduct. Citizen involvement in oversight of police is viewed by advocates as one potentially valuable part of a system that can prevent misconduct; it is not seen as a panacea for preventing police misconduct.

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