The Citizens Police Review Board held their monthly meeting on November 3rd at the Smith-Williams Service Center.
The Board engaged in a lengthy discussion about TPD General Order 75, related to the recent controversy over Eddie Gallagher attending a TPD TAC training session.
CPRB Ombudsman Deputy Chief Tonja Smith was present during the meeting to answer any questions. CPRB Chairman Edward Gaines noted that based on the TPD response there is no policy for vetting TAC trainers or facilities. “This may be an opportunity for us to recommend a policy.” Gaines continued, “The policy could state that facilities must provide a list of trainers before-hand.” “If we had a policy the Gallagher situation could have been avoided or mitigated.”
The Board’s attorney recommended that the Board consider amending an existing policy such as TPD General Order 57 or TPD General Order 75, rather than creating a new policy.
The Board then voted 8 to 1 to approve drafting a policy for TPD to vet trainers and facilities prior to TPD using those trainers or facilities. Gaines stressed that the Board should review TPD General Order 57 and 75 prior to the next meeting to prepare for further discussion. Board member, Dr Bobo, volunteered to bring policy language for the next meeting.
CPRB Member Barry Munroe provided an update on the 2022 annual report. Munroe asked the Board for direction on what to include in the “Recommended Changes” section, noting that the City Commission did not take any action on their recommendations from the 2021 annual report.
The Board unanimously authorized Munroe to carry over the 2021 recommendations into the 2022 report so they could bring these items back up to the City Commission.
The Board also agreed that Munroe should include a summary of citizen complaints in the next annual report because it is required by the city ordinance. Gaines mentioned wanting to include something for community outreach in the 2023 recommendations.
As part of their community outreach goals, the Board is committed to having meetings at different locations throughout the city. Staff identified several locations large enough to conduct a meeting, including Jack McLean Park, Myers Park and the Senior Center.
CPRB unanimously voted to allow staff to look at these facilities for moving forward to scheduling for 2023.
The next CPRB meeting will be held at the Smith-Williams Service Center on December 1st at 5:30.