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.