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The DC Code: § 5-1104 Police Complaints Board.

Index5 Police, Firefighters, Medical Examiner, and Forensic Sciences. (Refs & Annos)
There is established a Police Complaints Board ("Board").   The Board shall be composed of 5 members, one of whom shall be a member of the MPD, and 4 of whom shall have no current affiliation with any law enforcement agency.  All members of the Board shall be residents of the District of Columbia.  The members of the Board shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Council.  The Mayor shall submit a nomination to the Council for a 90- day period of review, excluding days of Council recess.  If the Council does not approve the nomination by resolution within this 90-day review period, the nomination shall be deemed disapproved.
Board members first appointed after March 26, 1999 shall serve as follows: 2 shall serve for a 3-year term; 2 shall serve for a 2-year term; and one shall serve for a 1-year term. Thereafter, Board members shall serve for a term of 3 years from the date of appointment to a full term or until a successor has been appointed. All board members shall serve without compensation. A Board member may be reappointed. The Mayor shall designate the chairperson of the Board, and may remove a member of the Board from office for cause. A person appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board occurring prior to the expiration of a term shall serve for the remainder of the term or until a successor has been appointed.
A quorum for the transaction of business shall be 3 members of the Board.
The Board shall conduct periodic reviews of the citizen complaint review process, and shall make recommendations, where appropriate, to the Mayor, the Council, and the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department ("Police Chief") concerning the status and the improvement of the citizen complaint process. The Board shall, where appropriate, make recommendations to the above-named entities concerning those elements of management of the MPD affecting the incidence of police misconduct, such as the recruitment, training, evaluation, discipline, and supervision of police officers.
The Board may, where appropriate, monitor and evaluate MPD's handling of, and response to, First Amendment assemblies, as defined in § 5-333.02, held on District streets, sidewalks, or other public ways, or in District parks.
Within 60 days of the end of each fiscal year, the Board shall transmit to the entities named in subsection (d) of this section an annual report of the operations of the Board and the Office of Police Complaints.
The Board is authorized to apply for and receive grants to fund its program activities in accordance with laws and regulations relating to grant management.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 4-914. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 15-194, in the section heading and subsec. (a), substituted "Police Complaints Board" for "Citizen Complaint Review Board"; in subsec. (d), deleted "the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority," following "the Council"; and in subsec. (e), substituted "Police Complaints" for "Citizen Complaint Review". D.C. Law 15-352 added subsec. (d-1). Emergency Act Amendments For temporary amendment of section, see § 4(e) of the Confirmation Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-25, March 15, 1999, 46 DCR 2971). For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 4(e) of the Confirmation Act Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-92, June 4, 1999, 46 DCR 5330). Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 12-208, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 5-1101. Law 12-285, the "Confirmation Amendment Act of 1998," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 12-261. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 10, 1998, and December 1, 1998, respectively. Vetoed by the mayor on December 29, 1998, Council overrode the veto on January 5, 1999, and the bill was assigned Act No.  12-622 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review.   D.C.  Law 12-285 became effective on June 12, 1999. For Law 15-194, see notes following § 5-105.01. For Law 15-352, see notes following § 5-331.01. DC CODE § 5-1104 Current through December 11, 2012


(Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-208, § 5, 45 DCR 8107; June 12, 1999, D.C. Law 12-285, § 4(e), 45 DCR 8107; Sept. 30, 2004, D.C. Law 15-194, § 902(b), 51 DCR 9406; Apr. 13, 2005, D.C. Law 15-352, § 141, 52 DCR 2296.)