Councilors to consider renaming Police Citizens Review Board

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 30, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa City City Council will consider a resolution renaming the Police Citizens Review Board and various improvements to the education and complaint process at an upcoming meeting.

A first consideration will be taken up during the council’s Sept. 3 meeting.

In light of public confusion, the resolution would rename the board the Citizens Police Review Board.

Additionally, participation by the city manager in the police-officer interview process with a two-year review of the procedure, implementation of an exit survey for complaints, removal of the language regarding formal mediation, and changing the 45-day board reporting requirement to 90 days will also be implemented.

The Ad-Hoc Diversity Committee, which was established by the City Council in June 2012 to report recommendations regarding the Iowa City Police Department and the Transportation Services Department, has reviewed the council’s recommendation and made additional recommendations.

City Clerk Marian Karr said the council has reviewed this resolution enough to, hopefully, be approved through each review process in the following weeks.

“The council has discussed this and have seen the minutes of what the diversity council has discussed,” she said. “We’ve seen it enough times.”

— by Rebecca Morin

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