Tampa Citizen Review Board

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Make your voice heard! On Thursday, June 17, the Tampa City Council is again considering important and necessary changes to the Citizen Review Board.

Very few communities feel that they have true oversight of their police departments. We have an opportunity to ensure that our voices are heard regarding police transparency and accountability through critical proposed changes to the Citizen Review Board.

Use the form below to urge the Tampa City Council to adopt these important proposals for the Tampa Citizen Review Board.

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Your Message
Dear Tampa City Council Members,

Very few communities feel that they have true oversight of their police departments. The Tampa community has a real opportunity to ensure police transparency and accountability through critical proposed changes to the Citizen Review Board (CRB).

As a resident of Tampa, I am urging you to adopt these important community recommendations and do so without compromising the City Council’s ability to push for beneficial reforms in the future, to ensure our Citizen Review Board is effective and representative of community needs.

These recommendations include:

1. Democratize the CRB appointments to allow more placements to be made by the City Council. Currently, the mayor appoints the majority of the CRB members.

2. The CRB should appoint and maintain its own independent attorney. Currently, the CRB shares an attorney with the City of Tampa Attorney’s office.

3. The CRB should be able to get other relevant evidence like camera door footage. Subpoena power would exclude the subpoenaing of police officers. Currently the CRB lacks any sort of subpoena power or ability to gather and review evidence.

As a Tampa resident, I want to thank you for your leadership and courage in continuing to advance more independence, community representation, and oversight of the Tampa Police Department through an effective and meaningful Citizen Review Board.

When our Citizen Review Board is empowered to have true oversight of our police department, everyone benefits. Thank you for considering these important proposals.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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