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Citizens Police Review Board

Provides an external and independent process for review of actual or perceived misconduct thereby increasing police accountability to the community and community trust in the police. Reviews appeals from the police chief's decisions on alleged police misconduct, hosts public meetings and educational programs for Columbia residents and police officers, reviews and makes recommendations on police policies, procedures and training, and prepares and submits annual reports that analyze citizen and police complaints to the City Council. Members must be residents of Columbia and registered voters. Members may not be employed by the City, be a party to any pending litigation again the City, be an elected public office holder, or be a candidate for elected public office. The length of terms is three years, with openings occurring in October/November.

Members & Terms:

  • Scott Dean - Term Ending November 1, 2017 (Human Rights Commission Representative)
  • Katelynn Towne - Term Ending November 1, 2020
  • Alan Meyer - Term Ending November 1, 2017
  • Darryl Smith - Term Ending November 1, 2020
  • Val DeBrunce - Term Ending November 1, 2018
  • Andrew Fisher - Term Ending November 1, 2018
  • Steve Sheltmire - Term Ending November 1, 2018
  • Cornellia Williams - Term Ending November 1, 2019
  • Baxter Nickels - Term Ending November 1, 2019

Establishing Legislation:

Section 21-44Purpose.
The purpose of this article is to provide an external and independent process for review of actual or perceived police misconduct thereby increasing police accountability to the community and community trust in the police.
(Ord. No. 20331, §1, 7-20-09)

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Section 21-46 Establishment; membership; qualifications; terms; and removal.
 (a) The citizens police review board is hereby established.
 (b) The board shall consist of eight (8) members appointed by the city council and a member of the commission on human rights appointed by the commission. Members shall serve without compensation.
 (c) Board members must be residents of Columbia and registered voters. Board members may not be employed by the city, be a party to any pending litigation against the city, be an elected public office holder, or be a candidate for elected public office.Board members should reflect the cultural and racial diversity of Columbia and have no serious criminal record. The police chief shall obtain a criminal history of all applicants for membership on the board and advise the city council of any convictions for violations of federal, state or local law.
 (d) Three (3) of the members first appointed by the city council shall serve terms of two (2) years, three (3) shall serve terms of three (3) years and two (2) shall serve terms of four (4) years. Thereafter, members appointed by the city council shall serve terms of three (3) years. The member appointed by the commission on human rights shall serve a term of one (1) year. Vacancies shall be filled for unexpired terms in the same manner as the original appointments.
 (e) The board may recommend to the city council that a board member be removed from the board if the member persistently fails to perform the duties of office.
(Ord. No. 20331, §1, 7-20-09; Ord. No. 21848, §1, 10-7-13; Ord. No. 22463, § 1, 6-1-15)

Section 21-47 Officers; meetings; quorum; rules.
 (a) The board shall elect a chair and vice-chair from among its members. The term of these officers shall be one (1) year. The chair shall preside at meetings. The vice-chair shall preside when the chair is absent or otherwise unable to preside.
 (b) The board shall meet monthly. When requested by the board the police chief or the chiefs designee shall attend board meetings to serve as an informational resource for the board. The board shall provide an opportunity for public comment at each monthly meeting. The board shall meet semi-annually with the chief of police to discuss issues of concern and to recommend ways that the police can improve their relationship with citizens. The board may also make recommendations regarding policies, rules, hiring, training and the complaint process.
 (c) Five (5) members shall constitute a quorum for conducting business.
 (d) The board may establish rules and procedures that do not conflict with this code or the rules and regulations governing internal affairs investigations.
 (e) Board members shall follow the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) Code of Ethics.
(Ord. No. 20331, §1, 7-20-09)

Section 21-48 Administration and training.
(a) The city manager shall designate staff for the administration of the board.
(b) New board members shall participate in orientation and training that includes review of the police professional standard unit’s operating policies and procedures and a ride along with police officers.  Training shall also include topics suggested by NACOLE in its recommended orientation and training for board members.  
(c) Board members shall participate in a ride along with police officers at least one (1) time every two (2) years, with at least one (1) ride along occurring at night.
(Ord. No. 20331, § 1, 7-20-09 ; Ord. No. 22142, § 1, 7-21-14)

Section 21-49 Duties.
The citizens police review board shall have the following duties:
(1) Review appeals from the police chief’s decisions on alleged police misconduct as provided for in this article.
(2) Conduct a jurisdictional review from the decision by the police chief that a person’s allegations do not fall within the requirements set forth in this article related to complaints.
(3) Host public meetings and educational programs for Columbia residents and police department .
(4) Review and make recommendations to the police chief and city manager on police policies, procedures and training.
(5) Conduct audits or reviews of the records of the police department for compliance with the requirements of this article.
(6) Prepare and submit to the city council annual reports that analyze citizen complaints including demographic data on complainants, complaint disposition, investigative findings and disciplinary actions. The reports should also describe the board's community outreach and educational programs. The reports should also set forth any recommendations made on police department  policies, procedures and training. The reports shall be submitted no later than March 1 for the previous calendar year.
(Ord. No. 20331, § 1, 7-20-09; Ord. No. 22142, § 1, 7-21-14)