The city’s Human Relations Board wants to hear from community members about the idea of forming a Citizens Review Board.
A CRB can have different purposes and goals in a community, relating to neighbors who want to have an impact on their community’s police or public safety department. In some communities, a CRB is formed after a specific case or situation, and the group can recommend sanctions for officer misconduct. A CRB can provide oversight to a police department, and hear complaints that are appealed after a police investigation.
Some groups in Battle Creek have discussed forming such a board for several years. The city’s HRB, which discusses and advises city staff on issues related to human rights, wants to engage the community in this conversation.
Please lend your voice to this survey! We estimate it will take less than 10 minutes to complete. The direct link to the English version is: https://polco.us/set545. The direct link to the Spanish version is: https://polco.us/sv8uua. A Burmese version is coming soon, and we will share that on our website. All versions are available from our website home page, battlecreekmi.gov, under City Spotlights.
Those who wish to complete the survey over the phone can call 269-966-3311.