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News Date: June 08, 2021

Mayor Ginther Advances Legislation Establishing Roles and Responsibilities of Civilian Police Review Board

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther today announced legislation that codifies the Civilian Police Review Board is complete and has been advanced to the Columbus City Council for consideration. 

“In November 2020, voters overwhelmingly approved civilian oversight for the Columbus Division of Police,” Mayor Ginther said. “Members of the Civilian Police Review Board have been appointed and will soon begin a search for an Inspector General. This legislation supplements the City Charter changes made by the voters and represents the next important step in making the Board and Inspector General part of the police reforms we seek.”

The legislation (File number: 1169 2021) details the duties and responsibilities of the Board and Inspector General, including the authority to develop administrative rules; receive, initiate, review and cause the investigation of complaints of misconduct; make recommendations on resolutions of complaints; and make recommendations on discipline.

The Civilian Police Review Board was one of the recommendations of the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission appointed by Mayor Ginther in 2018. Earlier this year, the Board of 11 members was seated. The Board is expected to hold its first meeting in July.

City Council will now take up the code change and will likely schedule public hearings before making any amendments and ultimately passing the legislation before their August recess.