Civilian Review Board Sets Final Deadlines for By-Laws
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - With just months until its by-laws are due, members of the Police Civilian Review Board are working on how to operate effectively as they approach the end of their term.
On Tuesday, February 26, members of the board set final deadlines for writing their by-laws and got a better idea of how they want to operate over the next couple of months.
On Tuesday evening, members discussed having different sections within the board.
One section of the board would review complaints, another would audit complaints, and a third would conduct community engagement.
This comes as the board is set to present its proposed by-laws to City Council by May 1.
Board member Sarah Burke says having the CRB in the spotlight recently has not affected its work.
"We've had a lot of eyes on us and in a lot of ways that’s good because it makes us work really hard, it makes us listen to all the voices that we're hearing from, and it certainly would've been lovely to have a slightly less embroiled process but I don't think that we're actually too far behind in the schedule we had initially intended,” Burke said.
The board also hopes to have two community feedback sessions regarding the by-laws before they are sent to City Council.
During its next meeting on March 12, the Civilian Review Board will get a presentation from Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney on how complaints are handled within the police department.