On Feb. 4, the Raleigh City Council asked the Office of Human Relations to create and develop a framework for the implementation of a Police Advisory Board. The Police Advisory Board is a seven-member organization that is charged with policy and procedural review authority. The board will use common themes from the community engagement process as guiding principles to help the Raleigh Police Department build trust and relationships.
The seven members will include a civil rights attorney, mental health provider, member of the LGBT community, victim advocate, an appointee of the City of Raleigh Police Chief, and two at-large members. The members will serve a two-year term with a maximum of three terms. The terms must be staggered, and citizens can serve on no more than two boards or commissions at one time. The board will be a division of the Human Relations Commission.
The Police Advisory Board serves as a liaison between the Raleigh community and City Council. Under their guidance, the Board responsibilities include: reviewing existing Raleigh Police Department directives and procedures, contributing to equitable policy development, and engaging community members through educational outreach on Raleigh Police Department directives and procedures.
The board will not conduct investigations, hear testimony, contribute to disciplinary action, or respond to citizen complaints. However, appeals and complaint data will be used to prioritize review considerations.
Those wishing to apply can complete the application form. Once selected, board members must complete the Citizens Police Academy, legal training, racial equity training, and board orientation.
For more information, please contact the Office of Human Relations at 919-996-5740.