Civilian Review Board Looks at How Police Collect Data on Certain Issues
The group tasked with holding Charlottesville's police department accountable is taking a look at how police data is collected in an effort to improve relations between police officers and members of the community.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The group tasked with holding Charlottesville's police department accountable is taking a look at how police data is collected in an effort to improve relations between police officers and members of the community.
The Civilian Review Board wants data from the police department regarding issues like stop-and-frisks or civilian complaints of police misconduct.
Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker and City Attorney John Blair attended the meeting on Tuesday, December 11, to discuss how police data is handled in the city.
Members of the board expressed concern over how that data has been historically collected.
Board members say getting access to this information can help improve relations between the police department and the community.
"That's what the CRB is meant to do - to provide a conduit, to be a liaison between the community and the police department, to promote effective policing thereby, to promote transparency in terms of what the police are doing, what the community's needs are, and making sure the activities of the police meet the needs of the community,” Josh Bowers, who’s on the CRB, said.
The board also plans to host community listening sessions at places like Carver Recreation Center and Venable Elementary School within the next few months.
The Civilian Review Board will start reviewing the police data it has and plans on discussing it further at its next meeting on December 18.