CONTACT: AJ Clemmons
CITIZEN OVERSIGHT BOARD PUBLIC MEETING
The Citizen Oversight Board (COB) will hold a public meeting tomorrow, May 18, 2006, from 7-9 p.m. at Montbello High School at 5000 Crown Boulevard, Denver, CO 80239.
This public meeting will provide community members with the opportunity to pose questions of the COB regarding public safety issues and to relay concerns. The Denver Police Department’s District Five command staff and community resource officers will update the community about public safety matters. Captain Steve Carter, Director of Training at the Denver Police Department Academy, will also be discussing DPD’s new training program on racially biased policing. Denver City Councilman Michael Hancock will comment on police/community relations as well.
The Independent Monitor, Richard Rosenthal, will speak about the Office of the Independent Monitor’s (OIM) most recently publicized documents: (1) the first quarterly report on DPD and DSD cases with sustained findings (meaning that the officer was found to have violated departmental policies and procedures) and the discipline imposed by the police and sheriff’s departments; and (2) a survey conducted by the University of Ohio on behalf of the OIM that gauged perceptions of the DPD’s disciplinary and complaint handling processes, and which will serve as the base against which future improvement will be measured. Both complainants and police officers participated in the survey, whose results were recently released to the public.
The COB is comprised of seven volunteers appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Denver City Council. The COB is part of Denver’s civilian oversight of law enforcement. It meets regularly with the OIM, Director of Corrections, Police Chief, Fire Chief, and Manager of Safety in order to engage in early and proactive involvement in monitoring public safety issues. The COB has the jurisdiction to make recommendations regarding Police and Sheriff policies and procedures, and it evaluates the effectiveness of the OIM program.
By ordinance, the COB must hold at least four public meetings each year. The purpose of these meetings is to allow the public an opportunity to address issues of concern in their communities. The COB will take this information into account when formulating policy recommendations with the intent of improving the services provided by the safety departments.
Spanish translation will be provided at the meeting. The COB invites the public to visit its website at www.denvergov.org/cob for additional information.