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Police Civilian Review Board Works to Iron out Mission Statement

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board held a special meeting to set its guidelines for the future.

The new commission hopes to improve relations between police officers and the community, but says it can't do that without proper rules in place.

On Thursday, October 11, the Police Civilian Review Board is one step closer to bringing its bylaws in front of Charlottesville City Council after holding a special meeting to iron out its mission statement.

The city has asked the initial sitting civilian review board to create a set of bylaws for future boards.

On Thursday night, the board gathered to address a draft of its mission statement and guidelines for the future.

The CRB has until May 4 to establish a final set of bylaws, and board members say they want to make sure they address all their roles before bringing the bylaws to City Council.

“We put a lot of time and attention into it because we believe that we want to have very little wiggle room in terms of what’s expected of us or what we expect from each other as a board,” Sarah Burke, who’s on the board, said.

At the meeting, members of the board addressed concerns about using the city attorney for legal counsel, saying it could be a conflict of interest for the CRB.

The Police Civilian Review Board is set to continue its discussion of the bylaws at its next meeting on Tuesday, October 23, and it will have a final vote on them during a special meeting on Monday, October 29.