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Police Civilian Review Board Meets for 1st Time

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A new commission with the goal of improving relations between police officers, city officials, and community members met for the first time on Wednesday, August 1.

Wednesday night's meeting was called so that members of the Police Civilian Review Board could discuss the future of the commission.

The board’s aim is to encourage accountability and transparency within the police department.

At Wednesday night’s meeting, members of the board gathered for their first official meeting to establish guidelines for future meetings and procedures.

The board currently has eight sitting members, but members discussed adding a ninth member – specifically, attorney Jeff Fogel.

Community activist Don Gathers, who’s currently sitting as the temporary chair of the board, says the city only gave the board one day’s notice of the meeting.

“Moving forward, I think the citizens will have a point person or at least a point of contact that they can go to with a concern should there be any problems that they think have risen from the police department,” says Gathers.

Members also addressed public concern about the upcoming anniversary of August 11 and 12, and said that while there is not much action the board can take, the members would still like to be kept informed.

Meetings for the Police Civilian Review Board are open to the public and will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The board’s next meeting will be held on August 14 at CitySpace.