City Council OKs police board name change

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 04, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa City City Council on Tuesday approved the first consideration of an ordinance to rename the Police Citizens Review Board.

City officials considered a motion renaming the Police Citizens Review Board and various improvements to the education and complaint process Tuesday night.

The City Council approved the second consideration for the ordinance on a 7-0 vote.

Because of public confusion, the resolution was introduced to 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.

“It was very specific about name change, how we’re going to refer to it,” City Councilor Rick Dobyns said. “It’s just giving promise that the citizens are important. We are trying to get a sense of changing the philosophy to ‘serve and protect’ force.”

— by Rebecca Morin

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