CLF Denver – Citizen Oversight Board Public Forum

From the Colorado Latino Forum – Come to the Quarterly Meeting of the Citizens Oversight Board (COB) and speak about what we need to do to fix the Denver Police Department (DPD), the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM), the Citizen Oversight Board, and the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Citizen Oversight Board Public Forum

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Escuela Tlatelolco, 2949 N. Federal Blvd

With a new Chief of Police, a new Manager of Safety, an ongoing search for a new Independent Monitor, and a Civil Service Commission reinstating police officers who have been fired for egregious abuses, this is an important time for people to make their concerns known.

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, and Manager of Safety in order to engage in early and proactive involvement in monitoring public safety issues.

The COB has the jurisdiction to evaluate and make recommendations regarding Police and Sheriff policies and procedures, and evaluates the effectiveness of the OIM program.

By ordinance, the COB must hold at least three 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 department

The Race2Justice Coalition, made up of the ACLU, Colorado Latino Forum-Denver Chapter, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Colorado chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, GLBT Center and other groups, is urging people to attend this next quarterly meeting of the COB.

With a new Chief of Police, a new Manager of Safety, an ongoing search for a new Independent Monitor, and a Civil Service Commission reinstating police officers who have been fired for egregious abuses, this is an important time for people to make their concerns known.

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, and Manager of Safety in order to engage in early and proactive involvement in monitoring public safety issues.

The COB has the jurisdiction to evaluate and make recommendations regarding Police and Sheriff policies and procedures, and evaluates the effectiveness of the OIM program.

By ordinance, the COB must hold at least three 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 department.