City Of South Bend Begins Search For Police Review Office Director
The City of South Bend can now begin the hiring search for a director of the Community Police Review Office. The Common Council approved a job description for the position at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 25.
The director will report to the City Clerk and will oversee all complaints of police misconduct submitted to the Community Police Review Board.
The director will also conduct a yearly audit of complaints and how they were resolved, which would be sent to the Council, Mayor and Board of Public Safety.
The Council voted to establish the Community Review Board in October, after repeated calls for more community involvement in the South Bend Police Department. Those calls intensified after Eric Logan, a Black man, was shot and killed by a white SBPD officer in the summer of 2019.
Hiring for the position is about a month behind schedule – the Council tabled the job description at its last two meetings over various disagreements about wording and the director’s responsibilities.
“We know how long you have waited," City Clerk Dawn Jones said. "We have waited with you. We will succeed together.”
The Clerk’s Office is “taking immediate action” to begin screening candidates.
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