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Saratoga City Council approves Civilian Review Board.

 Established by an ordinance passed at the May 3 meeting, The Civilian Review Board is meant to provide an element of public oversight over the city’s police department. The Board will receive, process and–whenever possible–amicably resolve grievances regarding the conduct of police department employees, theordinance states. The Civilian Review Board is also charged with being a critical voice in the public conversation on law enforcement policy in the city. The Board will be made up of five members 18 or older who have lived in Saratoga Springs for at least a year, according to the ordinance. Members of the board cannot be police department employees or elected officials. One member must be between the ages of 18 and 25, the ordinance stipulates. The City Council will make initial appointments to the board, with future members chosen through an application process. More in the Daily Gazette.