What is the CRB?
The Charlotte Citizens Review Board (CRB) was established in 1997 to oversee citizen appeals from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police internal affairs process. The CRB is tasked with providing an impartial review in cases where a citizen has claimed to have been the victim of alleged police misconduct. The Board decides whether to grant the citizen a hearing and, if so, makes a recommendation for a decision from the Chief of Police after the hearing is complete.
What is Reform?
Many cities across the country understand that police departments make mistakes and public trust in the police erodes without accountability. They have instituted systems of review board oversight that:
1. Have subpoena power;
2. Have a reasonable standard of review;
3. Are transparent;
4. Allow for independent oversight;
5. Have independent investigatory power; and
6. Include internal procedural transparency.
A world-class city like Charlotte should embrace the opportunity to reform the CRB and improve Charlotte’s police process together.