skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 221402 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating Citizen Oversight of Police
Author(s): Brenda A. Buren
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 237
Sponsoring Agency: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC
El Paso, TX 79913
Publication Number: ISBN-10 159332099X
Sale Source: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC
Box 221258
El Paso, TX 79913
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Results are presented from an evaluative study of the Tempe Citizens’ Panel for Review of Police Complaints and Use of Force, a citizen oversight panel established by the Tempe, AZ Police Department.
Abstract: The general conclusion of this evaluation of the Tempe Citizens’ Panel for Review of Police Complaints and Use of Force is that, to date, the system is working well due to the integrity of the individuals involved and their desire for the citizen oversight system to affect positive change in the police department and the community. However, several structural and administrative weaknesses need to be addressed to provide more stability and legitimacy to the process. The citizen oversight system needs to continue to evolve and take advantage of the trust that has been developed between police department representatives and citizen panel members to institutionalize the oversight system and ensure its continued existence. Recommendations for improvement are presented in the areas of who participates, what participation entails, and promoting participation within the citizen oversight system. This study focused on citizen oversight in Tempe, AZ. It examined the settings, processes, resources, stakeholders, and delivery mechanisms associated with the Tempe Citizens’ Panel for Review of Police Complaints and Use of Force to provide a framework from which to evaluate citizen oversight in Tempe. The expectations of this study were that the Tempe panel would prove to be worthwhile, although several areas would be identified for improvement. Appendixes A-H, references and index
Main Term(s): Arizona; Civilian Review Boards
Index Term(s): Community control of police; Complaint processing; Complaints against police; Police-citizen interactions; Program evaluation
Note: From the LRB Scholarly Series: Criminal Justice Recent Scholarship
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.