433 Hay Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
|City Developing Citizen Complaint Review Board: In Response to NOBLE Recommendation||6/7/2012|
(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The City of Fayetteville is exploring the development of a Citizen Complaint Review Board in response to a recommendation from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), an organization that researched the operations of the Fayetteville Police Department after the community requested an outside review of the department. The Citizen Complaint Review Board is recommended as being beneficial to the Fayetteville Police Department in the disposition of investigations into allegations of misconduct by Fayetteville police officers.
Fayetteville’s Citizen Complaint Review Board is being developed in accordance with best practices being used in Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham and other municipalities. If implemented, the board will provide an opportunity to improve accountability and show that investigations are accomplished in a fair, logical and thoughtful manner. The board will also show that actions of employees are measured against established policies and rules. Implementing this piece of the NOBLE recommendation is an important step to improving credibility with the community.
In order to proceed with the creation of such a board, as required, the City of Fayetteville respectfully requested special legislation from the State, to allow the City to disclose limited personnel information.
“The City Council strongly supports the creation of a Citizen Complaint Review Board and has asked the State legislative delegation to help us with the effort,” Mayor Tony Chavonne said.
The Fayetteville Police Department fully supports the process of developing the Citizen Complaint Review Board. The City continues to remain committed to implementing NOBLE report recommendations.