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Citizen Police Review Board Winston Salem, NC Dan Dwight May 15, 2008 Dan Dwight • 1979 Syracuse University Graduate – BS Electrical Engineering • 15 years with IBM Corporation in Upstate NY • 13 years with Tyco Electronics in Winston Salem / Greensboro NC • 1976-1994 Volunteer Firefighter / EMT-III-CC • Town of Union EMS – Chief Officer 1990-1991 & 1993-1994 – Board of Directors (Treasurer) 1992 • 1994-2001 Winston Salem Optimist Club Youth Soccer Coach • 2000-2005 Board of Directors-North Forsyth HS Band Booster Club • 2001 Winston Salem Citizen’s Police Academy Graduate • 2002 Law Enforcement Ethics and Integrity Training (U of TN) • 2004-Present Citizen Police Review Board (Currently Vice Chair) • 2007 City of Winston Salem University Graduate Winston Salem Facts • Cities of Winston and Salem joined together in 1913 • Winston Salem has a Council / Manager form of Government • Mayor / 8 Council Members / Full Time Paid City Manager • Currently 27 Boards and Commissions • 132 Square Miles Population 227,800 White / Non-White Ratio 60 / 40 • City Budget of $389 M 2843 Employees Tax Rate of $0.49 per $100 Accessed • Police Budget of $55 M 505 Sworn Officers 150 Non-Sworn • Police Demographics: M / F – 87 / 13% White / Non-White – 83 / 17% • WSPD is 1 of 600 Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agencies • Winston Salem is home to 5 Universities and Colleges Winston Salem has a Council / Manager form of Government. Who is at the top of the Organizational Chart? Citizen Police Review Board The Citizen Police Review Board serves as an advisory board to the City Manager and Public Safety Committee. The Board reviews appeals from citizens regarding unresolved complaints against Police Department employees and conducts appeal hearings which include receiving and evaluating testimony, and issuing findings of facts to the City Manager. Citizen Police Review Board • Members are recommended by the Mayor and appointed by City Council • Serve 3 year terms – maximum of 2 terms • Number of Members – 11 (Currently at 10) – Current Demographics are: WF-1, BF-2, WM-5, BM-2 • 7 members must be present to vote Citizen Police Review Board • Complaints can be filed at: – City Secretary’s Office – Human Relations Department – Professional Standards Division of WSPD • Initial Investigation by Professional Standards • The Chief, consistent with state law, will notify the complainant of the investigative results including disciplinary action(s) taken if any. Citizen Police Review Board • The notification will state the complainant’s right to appeal the decision to the CPRB. • If the complainant files an appeal, the CPRB must meet within 30 days, review the facts and decide on whether or not to hold a hearing. • Hearings will be held in private with the complainant and all witnesses as well as the Police Dept employee and his or her witnesses. Citizen Police Review Board • At the conclusion of the hearing, the CPRB will consider all of the information received and prepare a report on its findings. This report will be submitted to the City Manager for his or her’s actions. • The City Manager will advise the complainant in writing of his or her’s resolution to the complaint. Citizen Police Review Board • 2007 Data – 37 Citizen Complaints Filed – 5 Appeals Filed – 106 Departmental Complaints Filed (These are employee to employee or supervisor to employee complaints. The CPRB does not act on these, but does review the data quarterly.) Police Dept Core Values + Openness + Integrity + Accountability + Teamwork + Respect for All Citizens + Continuous Learning and Improvement The CPRB is there to help close issues that citizen’s feel have not been satisfactory answered by the Police Dept. Closing of these issues makes for a better community!
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