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Posted on: December 19, 2017

Anaheim expands civilian oversight with new Police Review Board

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2017) — Anaheim is moving forward with a new police advisory board that brings expanded civilian oversight and community interaction with the city’s police department.

The Police Review Board will be notified of and have access to the scenes of officer-involved shootings and receive private briefings on major police incidents.

The board's meetings will also serve as a forum for community concerns and complaints about the police department.

The review board, addressed at Tuesday's City Council meeting, is the next generation of Anaheim’s Public Safety Board, which started in 2014 as a two-year pilot program for civilian police oversight in Anaheim.

“The Police Review Board builds on what worked with our pilot program and addresses what didn’t,” said Mike Lyster, spokesman for the city of Anaheim. “This is a step forward in police oversight and community interaction with our police department. It’s the right model for where we are at right now as a city with the flexibility to evolve as we go forward.”

The review board, the only public safety civilian oversight board in Orange County, will work closely with Anaheim’s independent external police auditor Michael Gennaco of Los Angeles-based based OIR Group, which has worked with the city since 2007.

Gennaco, former chief attorney of the Office of Independent Review for Los Angeles County and former Civil Rights Section chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, reviews officer-involved shootings, police-related deaths, major incidents and some administrative investigations at the Anaheim Police Department.

Board Roles, Responsibilities

Working with OIR Group, the Anaheim Police Review Board will:

  • Receive real-time notification of and access to the scenes of officer-involved shootings.
  • Receive private briefings on major incidents, including access to body-worn camera footage.
  • Publish statistics on officer-involved shootings, uses of force, complaints and their outcomes
  • Receive community complaints and concerns and refer them to Anaheim’s city manager, Anaheim Police or OIR Group for review and response.
  • Consider and approve police policy recommendations made by OIR Group.
  • Vote on and offer findings on Anaheim Police Department responses to OIR Group recommendations.
  • Review some police policy recommendations prior to adoption.
  • Hear about police training and practices.
  • Audit existing police policies.
  • Produce a publicly available annual report.

Board Members

The seven-member review board will include residents from each of Anaheim’s six City Council districts and one member from the city at large.

In early 2018, the city will spread the word about the review board and seek candidates to be selected via lottery.

Board members must live in the districts they are representing or in Anaheim in the case of the at-large member.

They must also pass a background check and adhere to confidentiality in matters of ongoing investigations and reviews.

The review board is set to be seated in spring and will meet monthly.

Meetings will be open to the public and agendas, reports, minutes and meeting records will be posted online.

The board will serve in an advisory role to Anaheim’s city manager.

Learn More

For more on the review board, please see

For on the Public Safety Board, please see

You can find a fact sheet on the Police Review Board, Public Safety Board and OIR Group here.

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