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About the Commission

CRB 1st Vice Chair William Beck; Members Mary O'Tousa and Larry McMinn attending 3 day Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) Academy (June 14-16)


The Commission 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.

The CPP’s Executive Director and Outreach Committee supports the Board’s outreach and education objective by participating in community events and giving presentations to various organizations.  If you would like to have members of the CRB and/or Executive Director be a participate in your event or give an educational presentation about the CRB and/or Complaint Process:

Executive Director Sharmaine Moseley


The purpose of the Commission on Police Practices is to review and evaluate complaints brought by members of the public against officers of the Police Department of the City of San Diego and to review and evaluate the administration of discipline arising from sustained complaints. The Board also reviews and evaluates officer-involved shootings, all in-custody deaths, and all police actions that result in the death of a person.


Mid 1980s

After a controversial police shooting, the Mayor and City Council established and appointed citizens to a Citizens' Advisory Board 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.


At the recommendation of the Citizens' Advisory Board, 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.


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 citizens' complaints against police officers and the discipline arising from such complaints.