Albany Community Police Review Board
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Mission:

The Albany Community Police Review Board (CPRB) is an independent police oversight agency. The CPRB reviews and investigates complaints of alleged misconduct committed by officers of the City of Albany Police Department (APD).

The CPRB aims to improve communication between the Albany Police Department and community members. The CPRB also works to increase police accountability and credibility with the communities that APD serves. The CPRB accomplishes these goals through independent and impartial investigations, policy recommendations, and community outreach.

Responsibilities:

The CPRB’s responsibilities include:

  • Receiving and reviewing community complaints of alleged police misconduct;
  • Conducting independent investigations into alleged police misconduct;
  • Reviewing investigations conducted by APD’s Office of Professional Services (OPS);
  • Reviewing APD and OPS policies;
  • Collaborating with APD and OPS to develop a police disciplinary matrix; and
  • Providing policy recommendations to the Mayor, Common Council, and Police Chief.

In a unique arrangement, the Government Law Center at Albany Law School provides administrative services to assist the Board in its duties and day-to-day responsibilities.

The legislation that creates and governs the Board is part 33 of Chapter 42 of the Code of the City of Albany.

CPRB is a member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). For more information about police oversight around the U.S., visit NACOLE.

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