Ideal police oversight and review: the next piece of the community policing puzzle

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Authors
Sajor, Antonio, Jr.
Subjects
police
law enforcement
citizen
independent oversight
review
board
committee
complaint
framework
excessive use of force
Stockton Police Department
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Wollman, Lauren
Miller, Patrick
Date of Issue
2015-12
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Dec-15
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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There has been independent oversight of law enforcement complaints for over a hundred years in the United States, but recent cases of perceived excessive use of force by law enforcement officers have thrust independent oversight into the national forefront. This thesis set out to discover frameworks, operation methods, and responsibilities of independent oversight of cases involving police excessive use of force by researching the current structures and practices of oversight bodies across America—how they differ from each other, how they are successful—and determining whether there should be a national standard. This research includes oversight boards from small, medium, and large American municipalities with law enforcement agencies whose ethnic diversity is not reflective of their communities. Through the use of a request for information, 12 independent oversight boards were examined. The research suggests there is no consistency across independent oversight boards, no standard for independent oversight board frameworks, and no tracking of their efficiency toward organizational or academically suggested goals. Nor is there a central repository where lessons learned and best practices can be catalogued and distributed. This thesis provides recommendations for future research on independent oversight boards.
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National Security Affairs
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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