Record number of applicants for Durham Civilian Police Review Board | News

Record number of applicants for Durham Civilian Police Review Board


Nineteen people have applied for a vacancy on Durham's Civilian Police Review Board, an unprecedented number, according to the city clerk's office. There is increased interest in the board because of tumult within the department, including two officer-related shootings and an in-custody death of a suspect in the past year.   

The nine-member board is appointed by the city manager. Each member serves staggered four-year terms.

It hears appeals of complaints submitted by citizens concerning actions taken by Durham police officers. The Durham Police Department’s Professional Standards Division initially investigates these complaints. If a complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the investigation, he or she may file a request for a hearing with the board.

The board’s mandate is to determine whether or not the investigation was conducted appropriately, specifically, whether the police department abused its discretion in the conduct of the investigation. The board examines the written evidence submitted by the complainant and the police department to determine whether a hearing should be held. The board will hold a hearing only if that evidence persuades the board that a hearing is justified. The board’s findings are submitted to the city manager for his or her action.

The racial and gender breakdown is three African-American women, six African-American men, one Asian man, one white woman and six white men. Two men did not list their race.

Here is a list of the candidates and their applications:

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