Civilian Review Board Meets to Discuss Plans for Future
As the Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board works to shore up its mission, board members are looking to get input from community members and industry professionals.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - As the Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board works to shore up its mission, board members are looking to get input from community members and industry professionals.
On Tuesday night, the board met to continue drafting its mission statement and bylaws. Members are now planning to seek input from the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE).
The Civilian Review Board discussed sending one or two members to NACOLE’s annual conference next week in Saint Petersburg, Florida, but decided against it after concluding that the trip would use almost 40 percent of the board’s $10,000 annual budget. Instead, board members said they plan to reach out to NACOLE to inquire about doing a private training in Charlottesville within the next two months.
The board also drafted a 12-question public survey to get input from the community. It plans to host community listening sessions at places like Carver Recreation Center and Venable Elementary within the next few months.
“I’m always a proponent of meeting people where they are and sometimes these meetings that we set up in the city can be prohibitive to people as far as actually being able to get out to attend so if we go out into the communities, I think that we’ll get to hear from more residents,” said CRB member Don Gathers.
The board has also been tasked with submitting a budget proposal to City Council within the next 60 days to outline how it will use its allotted $10,000.
The CRB is scheduled to meet against on October 9 and decided on Tuesday night to hold a special meeting on October 11 to finalize a set of working bylaws that can be submitted to council.