Mayor Buckhorn Calls for Applications to New Citizens Review Board

09/10/15
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Mayor Buckhorn Calls for Applications to New Citizens Review Board  

Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Police Chief Eric Ward announced late last month a new Citizen’s Review Board to provide reviews and recommendations to the Tampa Police Department (TPD). Today, an application is available online and Mayor Buckhorn is urging all who are interested to submit applications by the deadline of October 15, 2015 at 5 p.m.

The 11-member Citizens Review Board, including nine voting members and two alternates, will review cases involving use of force and other cases that resulted in internal investigations, as well as issues of importance to the community and TPD.

“We heard the community’s concerns and are moving forward with a Citizens Review Board that reflects the reality in Tampa. This board will provide an additional layer of community input and transparency that is a valuable asset to Tampa Police Department and the City,” said Mayor Buckhorn. “I intend to appoint a board along with the City Council that reflects the diversity of Tampa and incorporates of a variety of opinions, backgrounds and neighborhoods. I urge all who are interested to apply for consideration.”

The Board members will serve as volunteers who must be city residents or own a business in the city. Appointees will serve 4-year terms; however, in order to establish staggered terms, 5 initial appointments will be asked to serve 3-year terms and the 6 remaining board members, including the 2 City Council appointments, will be asked to serve 4-year terms as will all appointees moving forward.  

Required qualifications for the Citizen Review Board include:

  • Completion of the official application
  • Passing a background check
  • Successfully complete the Citizens Police Academy
  • Complete a minimum of three hours to “ride-a-longs” in each of TPD’s three districts
  • Attend three-quarters of the meetings scheduled annually
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Board members may not be a City of Tampa employee, directly related to a member of the Tampa Police Department, as defined by the City of Tampa Code of Ethics, a current employee of any law enforcement agency, holding political office or be campaigning for office, or have any prior  felony convictions or any convictions of moral turpitude.

The Review Board’s monthly meetings will be televised and open to the public. Mayor Buckhorn hopes to have the Board in place by December.

Those interested in applying can find the application and additional information at www.tampagov.net.

For additional information, please contact:

Christina Barker, Special Assistant to the Mayor

(813) 274-8497

christina.barker@tampagov.net