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NCJ Number: 250265 Find in a Library
Title: Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement: A Review of the Strengths and Weaknesses of Various Models
Author(s): Joseph De Angelis; Richard Rosenthal; Brian Buchner
Date Published: September 2016
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Washington, DC 20531
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Issue Overview; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This overview of models of civilian oversight of police discusses the strengths and challenges of each model.
Abstract: All of the models reviewed use citizens (non-sworn officers) to review police conduct. A brief history of civilian oversight of police is first presented. An overview of contemporary models of civilian oversight of police notes high variability in organizational structure, wide differences in organizational authority, and the frequency of organizational “hybrids.” Three categories of models of civilian oversight of police are described in detail: investigation-focused models, review-focused models, and auditor/monitor-focused models. The review concludes with considerations for implementing or reforming a civilian oversight program. 4 tables, 3 figures, and 35 references
Main Term(s): Complaints against police
Index Term(s): Accountability; Civilian Review Boards; Community control of police; Complaint processing
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