City of Toledo | Civilian Police Review Board

The Toledo Civilian Police Review Board provides anyone with a fair and impartial appeal process for complaints of police misconduct or allegations in which a person is dissatisfied with the findings of Toledo Police internal investigations .

The Toledo Civilian Police Review Board may act in an advisory capacity to the Toledo Police Chief on various matters such as policies and procedures.

The Toledo Civilian Police Review Board is empowered to conduct investigations and hold public hearings that include all voluntary written or oral statements of the complainant, residents, or officers involved, as well as witness tapes, made by the police. If the Department of Home Affairs finds no wrongdoing, the complainant may file an appeal with the Civilian Police Review Board within 14 days. The appeal must include the complainant’s name and address, and a copy of the internal affairs finding. The appeal must also include contact information for any witnesses the complainant believes counsel should hear, as well as a stated reason for the appeal. The board may waive the 14-day limit to allow for late filings. The Toledo Civilian Police Review Form will be included in your Internal Affairs response and can also be obtained from the Mayor’s office.

The Toledo Civilian Police Review Board meets the second Wednesday of each month in a conference room on the first floor of One Government Center. While these meetings are generally open to the public, some segments regarding details of ongoing investigations may be closed.

Thirteen volunteer members sit on the board. District appointments are one-year terms, with a maximum of three consecutive terms. All other members serve two-year terms and can serve a maximum of two terms. At least one member must be chosen from each of the six districts of the Toledo City Council. At least one member must be a member of the NAACP and at least one member must be a representative of the Hispanic community. At least one member must be a practicing lawyer and at least one member must have a background in human relations. At least three members must have law enforcement backgrounds but not be active with the Toledo Police Department. Each board member must reside in the city of Toledo. The remaining two members can be residents of any part of the city. All members must complete the Civilian Police Academy and accompany a Toledo Police Officer or member of the SED unit.

The Toledo City Council first established the Toledo Civilian Police Review Board in 1991.

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