The 10 Pillars of Police Oversight and Accountability

Below We Highlight  Ten Significant Differences Between CNP’s Proposal and City of Evanston’s  Toothless Oversight Ordinance

Pillars of Civilian Power

Selection of Civilian Oversight Members

Evanston residents directly elect members to the Commission every four years whose mission is to hold the police accountable and be able to address bias and structural racism.

Open application process where Mayor makes selection.

Control Over Police Chief Employment

Oversight Committee Retains the Right to Hire and Fire the Police Chief.

The City Manager hires the Police Chief.

Community outreach to inform residents of the complaint process; powers and duties of the board.


Investigations and Adjudication of Misconduct

Analyze and Investigate policing trends and patterns related to EPD officers and to launch disciplinary investigations into Department members who may demonstrate a pattern of misconduct, racial bias and/or non-compliance with Department policy.

Evaluate the potential racial impact of existing and any new policies the EPD creates and involve community organizers and people who work with disadvantaged populations in every step of the process.

Compel the Police Chief to explain why he/she has not followed a recommendation

Receive, investigate and resolve all civilian complaints against police in 120 days

Provide recommendations aimed at reforming police practices and policies, as well as recommendations that provide alternatives to police.

Subpoena power to compel witnesses and police files

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