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About the Board

Overview

The Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices:

  • reviews and evaluates serious complaints brought by the public against officers of the Police Department of the City of San Diego
  • reviews all officer involved shootings and in-custody deaths
  • reviews and evaluates the administration of discipline arising from sustained complaints

Subsequent to the review and evaluation process, the Board may choose to make policy and procedure recommendations to the Chief of Police.

Purpose

The purpose of the Board is to empower an independent citizens group to assure the public that complaints against San Diego police officers are investigated thoroughly, completely and fairly; and to recommend and advocate for policies which promote fair and humane policing of the city.

History

Mid 1980's

After a controversial police shooting, the Mayor and City Council established and appointed citizens to a Citizens' Advisory Board (CAB) to review the Police Department's Use of Force Policy. This board was designed to be temporary and expire after 12 months. The review process was a success and the board was made permanent.

1987

At the recommendation of the CAB, the City Manager and Chief of Police appointed 15 community members to serve on the Civilian Advisory Panel on Police Practices. The purpose of this panel was to monitor the acceptance and investigation of complaints involving police officers and to ensure thoroughness, objectivity and just treatment of citizens and officers alike.

1988

Propositions "F" and "G" were offered to the citizens of San Diego. "F" proposed a "Police Review Commission" and was viewed by the Civilian Advisory Panel as having a negative impact on the current system. "G" proposed a Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices (CRB) and was seen as most beneficial to the department and community. "G" gained the most support and won the public vote.

The new City Charter Amendment (Proposition G) gave the City Manager the exclusive authority to create and establish a Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices to review and evaluate citizen's complaints against police officers and the discipline arising from such complaints.

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