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Civilian Use of Force Review Board - City of Coeur d'Alene

Monday, August 03, 2015  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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In November of 2014, Coeur d’Alene Chief of Police Lee White reached out publicly to the citizens of Coeur d’Alene and asked them to consider serving as civilians on a Use of Force Review Board. It is the belief of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department that citizens serving in this capacity will increase transparency, accountability, and public input into police operations.

Each year, law enforcement agencies across the nation become involved in several use-of-force incidents, with many resulting in serious injury or loss of life. In these instances use of lethal and less lethal force is a necessity to the safety of citizens and police. With that level of responsibility, it is an absolute necessity to conduct an extremely thorough investigation to evaluate the officer’s actions and the appropriateness of the force used.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Use of Force Review Board, consisting of eight members including two rotating citizens-at-large, meets quarterly with police personnel. The civilian members rotate assignments in order to have more citizens involved. Interested citizens received information on basic law enforcement training and have been provided information on case law as it pertains to use of force, what constitutes excessive force, and police policies and procedures.

"This successful partnership with our citizens has resulted in the proper amount of oversight in police operations and accountability from outside the Coeur d’Alene Police Department," said Chief Lee White.


For more info, contact:

Lee White

Chief of Police


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