The City of Tucson Mayor and Council formed the Citizen Police Advisory Review Board (CPARB) in March 1997. The Board was formed to promote citizen/police partnership and to review and comment on police investigations of citizen complaints.
The Board reports directly to Mayor and Council. The Board has seven voting members who are appointed one each by the Mayor and Council Members. Additionally, the Board has four advisory, non-voting members who are selected by the regular voting members. Finally, several representatives from the City of Tucson Police Department supplement the Board.
The purpose of the Board is multifold. It reviews completed investigations of citizen complaints alleging police officer misconduct in order to comment on the fairness and thoroughness of an investigation. It provides comments and recommendations to the Chief of Police, the Independent Police Auditor, the City Manager, and the Mayor and Council on Police Department policy, procedure, and practice. It conducts public outreach to educate the community on the role of the Board and other agencies that investigate complaints against the Police Department.
Meetings of the Board are public and everyone is invited to attend. At each meeting there is a call to the audience, at which time citizens may express their concerns, request the Board's assistance, or make comments. Citizens may also contact the Board outside of regular meetings by calling the City Clerk's Office at 520-791-4213.
Meetings of the Board are held every third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library (101 N. Stone), Lower Level Meeting Room. Date, time, and location of the meeting should be confirmed by calling the City Clerk's Office.