Independent body established to improve communication between the police and the community.
The CPRB is an independent body established by the City of Albany in 2000 to improve communication between the police department and the community, to increase police accountability and credibility with the public, and to create a complaint review process that is free from bias and informed of actual police practice.
In addition to its authority to review and comment on completed investigations of complaints made by community members against officers of the City of Albany Police Department for alleged misconduct, the nine-member Board may make recommendations to the Common Council and the Mayor regarding police policies and practices relevant to the goals of community policing and the exercise of discretionary authority by police officers. Board members are appointed by the Mayor and the Common Council. The Board is required to, among other things, undergo significant training and engage in public outreach and education.
In a unique arrangement, the Government Law Center of Albany Law School provides substantial support services to assist the Board in its duties and responsibilities.