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Your Call: How does citizen oversight of police departments work?


How does citizen oversight of police departments work?  On the next Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race, and justice by discussing different models in Northern California. Where is citizen oversight working? San Diego, Oakland, Riverside, Long Beach, Sausalito, Novato, and Berkeley have review boards, but few people know these boards even exist. What power do citizen oversight boards have to ensure police accountability? How should these boards work? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Barbara Attard, founder of Accountability Associates

Anthony Finnell, executive director of Oakland's Citizens’ Police Review Board

Tony Barrera, councilmember in Salinas

Web resources:

NY Times: Ferguson Police Tainted by Bias, Justice Department Says

Chicago Defender: St. Louis Cops Threaten Slowdown Over Civilian Oversight Board [VIDEO]

KALW: Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Joyce Hicks, SF Office of Citizen Complaints

SV De-Bug: San Jose Independent Police Auditor Launches Petition to Bring Oversight to CHP

Slate: Policing the Police

Monterey Herald: Salinas group pushes for citizens' police review board

NACOLE: List of US oversight agencies

Accountability Associates