CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD

 
 
 

        Conversation surrounding Salt Lake City’s Civilian Review Board, the Mayor and City Council appointed board charged with reviewing certain police actions, (click here for more information) centered on role, power, effectiveness, and transparency of board conclusions. Much confusion surrounded the duties and responsibilities of the board in addition to the latitude granted to such boards under state law. Many people perceived the board to be powerless, not independent of the city, and not transparent with its findings. Participants believed that if the board were more visible, more representative of the community, and provided information in an easily accessible manner, the Civilian Review Board could be an important component of improving relationships between police and the community. 

 

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY

Civilian review board - questions and comments need of another group that has more authority. How often are the recommendations utilized?
Publish test? -Maybe police demographics should more closely represent incarceration demographics. -publish videos of actual positive calls so the public can see what the intended outcome is for each call (in a perfect world) -can we have an on call system which [sic] police can call on made of citizens to help de-escalate a situation? -Can CRB minutes be published -more community/police collaborations -promote ride along especially to those with reason to fear police.
We need to have more power to get the police feedback on issues
more presence for that board
How do SLCPD determine if someone is a threat to themselves or others? What questions or determinations do SLCPD Make? What could prevent someone from serving on the CRB in terms of the criminal background check? (Should not list on website) What kind of outreach - beyond going to Community Council meetings - is SLC doing to improve the direction of the CRB? Active recently? What is the motives that the CRB is working - or that the recommendations to the SLCPD are agreed to and followed? Beyond the West HS DMC - what is the SLCPD, SLC, and the SLCSD doing to identify and work on the next stage of “school to prison pipeline” problem?
More detailed meeting notes
In addition to suggestions related to the ability of the board and limits, transparency to the community is needed. Including what was recommended and then a response from the chief -> if chief does not follow recommendations, why not?
 
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