Citizen Review Board Addresses Public, Ready for First Meeting
Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- It was formed to bring accountability for the Duluth Police to the public. Now, after five years in the making, Duluth's citizen review board is ready for its first meeting. Selecting the members who make up this board was a team effort that involved the Mayor and the Duluth City Council. They had to appoint at least three people of color, two women, and one person with ties to law enforcement. Duluth Mayor Don Ness says he also wanted people with strong ties to the community. He says he's happy with the seven people selected for the board. The groups has been tasked with reviewing citizen complaints about the police department, helping explain law enforcement procedures to the community, and overseeing police protocol. "We will be reviewing police training procedures, police hiring procedures; being able to give some input and suggestions in terms of ways those can be improved upon," said Doug Bowen-Baily, member of the Review Board. He says the board will hold its meeting publically to ensure a transparent process. Mayor Ness wants monthly meetings with the option of calling special meetings as necessary. Duluth Police Chief Gordan Ramsey said he's excited to get his going. He said he believes the board will help police build a stronger trust with the public.