Goodbye “Police Community Relations Advisory Council” and hello “Police Community Relations and Review Board.”
A name change is not the only thing separating Newburgh’s newly approved review board from the old 11-member advisory council.
When the City Council approved an ordinance replacing the citizen-run panel on Monday, they created a nine-member board with the power to oversee misconduct complaints filed against city officers.
The councilwoman representing each of the city’s four wards will each get to name two members to the review board. The full Council will name the ninth member, who will serve as chairperson.
Police will still conduct initial misconduct investigations, but the board will have the power to review the findings and determine if investigations are satisfactory.
If unsatisfied, they could ask a third-party mediator to review the complaint or ask the City Council to authorize an independent investigation.
The ordinance also establishes a mediation process that complainants and officers can use, and it requires the board to hold at least one meeting a year in each ward where residents and police can discuss crime.