The Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) is seeking Letters of Interest from Atlanta organizations with membership of or access to Atlanta residents, young adult (18-30 years) population who have the desire to serve on the ACRB Board.
Atlanta is a “world-class” international city and the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement. Responsible citizens who seek to be positive “problem-solvers” and emerging leaders are always needed to keep the “checks & balances” in place to improve the public trust, documentation of justice, and maintenance of quality relationships between citizens and citywide community police.
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Recently, the Atlanta City Council approved an ACRB ordinance amendment adding two seats on the ACRB Board for Atlanta residents between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. The addition of these seats will add to the diverse thought and discussion of the Board.
Sec. 2-2203. – “Appointment of members” is amended as follows (additions in underlined text):
(a) The 15 members of the board shall be appointed as follows and said
appointments shall be confirmed by the city council:
(14) Two members shall be appointed from a Youth-Serving
Letters of Interest Requirements
Letters of Interest must include the following:
- Description of a brief history of the organization, mission, purpose, and activities;
- Demonstrate existence in the Atlanta community for 7+ years;
- Demonstrate access to a pool of Atlanta residents between the ages of 18 and 30 who are
willing and able to commit to a three-year term;
- Demonstrate a willingness to screen applicants for qualifications and suitability and make
timely recommendations for appointments.
The Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) was established by City Ordinance in 2007 (Amended May 2010).
The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that city departments directly responsible for public safety, particularly the Police Department and the Department of Corrections have the proper support of the government and its various agencies. It is designed to provide citizen oversight of misconduct accusations against sworn members of the police and corrections departments in the City of Atlanta. It provides a credible, independent forum where complaints and accusations can be assessed. It is also designed to help prevent future incidents of police or corrections misconduct and abuses of civil rights and to reduce the amount of money needed to satisfy judgments and settlements based on upon allegations of police or corrections misconduct.
The ACRB promotes public confidence in law enforcement and lessens the possibility that future incidents of urban unrest will occur. The ACRB is comprised of thirteen members, selected from various constituencies throughout the City. The selection process is designed to reflect the diversity and interests of a broad spectrum of the community.
The appointments are assigned as follows:
Appointed by the Mayor: Tracee McDaniel
Appointed by the City Council: Gloria Hawkins-Wynn
Appointed by the President of the Council: Trudy Boyce
Appointed by Neighborhood Planning Unit Group A-F: James Hardy
Appointed by Neighborhood Planning Unit Group G-L: Sherry Williams
Appointed by Neighborhood Planning Unit M-R: Dorthey Hurst
Appointed by Neighborhood Planning Unit S-Z: Michael Hopkins
Appointed by Gate City Bar Association: Germaine Austin
Appointed by the Atlanta Bar Association: Keith Hasson
Appointed by the League of Women Voters: Cecilia Houston-Torrence
Appointed by the Atlanta Business League: Michael Turner
Appointed by the Urban League of Greater Atlanta: Leah Pulliam
Appointed by the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda: Tamara Orange
The Board meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month on the Second Floor of City Hall. (Renovations in 2015 may cause a change of venue. Check the latest postings for board meeting locations.) The ACRB office is located in Suite 9100, Tower Building of City Hall. The Board accepts complaints, investigates the complaints, and is authorized to conduct hearings to resolve complaints and make recommendations to the Chief of Police and Corrections, the Mayor and City Council. The ACRB may investigate complaints that fall into the following categories:
- abusive language;
- false arrest;
- false imprisonment;
- use of excessive force;
- serious bodily injury; or
- death that is alleged to be the result of the actions of a sworn employee of the Atlanta Police Department (APD) or the Atlanta Department of Corrections (ADC);
- a wide range of discrimination
- discriminatory references
- abuse of authority
- an officer’s conduct
- failure to provide identification
- anonymous complaints
- violation of APD Standard Operating Procedures (APD SOPs)
The ACRB was created to provide a fair, open, transparent and independent venue for complaints against sworn members of the Atlanta Police and Corrections Department. Our goal is to:
- improve public safety by building trust between the police and the public;
- provide a safe and welcoming place for complaints to be heard;
- be perceived as fair by members of the public and by members of the Police Department and Corrections Department;
- ensure accountability and transparency in the complaint process;
- provide community input concerning public safety issues in the City of Atlanta;
- comply with the Ordinance regarding Police Oversight designed to instill confidence in its citizenry to redress grievances against the government and its employees, and
- promote public confidence in law enforcement and lessen the possibility that future incidents of urban unrest will occur.
Letters of Interest Submissions
The ACRB will receive Letters of Interest from August 24 through September 14, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Letters of Interest should be emailed to Myola Smith, ACRB Project Manager, at email@example.com.
Appointing Entity Selection Process At the close of the submission period, a duly convened ACRB committee will evaluate the timely received letters of interest and make recommendations that will be forwarded to the Atlanta City Council Public Safety Committee Chair. The Atlanta City Council will make final selections of the two appointing entities to the Board.
Samuel Lee Reid,II, Executive Director
Sheena Robertson, Investigations Manager
Tonya Richardson, Senior Investigator
Ronald Jackson, Senior Investigator
Brian Fleming, Senior Investigator
Myola Smith, Project Manager
Charles Curry, Outreach Specialist/Public Information Officer
Madison Trice, Community Affairs Assistant
Adrienne Gillis, Administrative Assistant