Police Civilian Review Board

Meetings

2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Place

Virtual/electronic meeting

Membership

Three (3), Residents of the City of Charlottesville who come from historically disadvantaged communities that have traditionally experienced disparate policing or who are residents of public housing; three (3), Residents of the City of Charlottesville who are not City of Charlottesville employees, candidates for public office, former members of the Charlottesville Police Department, immediate family members of a current Charlottesville Police Department employee, or current law enforcement agency employees; one (1), Member who resides or works in the City and who represents an organization that seeks racial or social justice on behalf of historically disadvantaged communities; one (1), Non-voting member who has policing expertise or experience

Term

Inaugural board - 18 months (3 voting members); 3-years (4 voting members); 3-years (1 non-voting member). All subsequent boards will a 3 year term. (2 term limit) 

Purpose

The Board aims to provide objective and independent civilian-led oversight of the Charlottesville Police Department in an effort to enhance transparency and trust, to promote fair and effective policing, and to protect the civil and constitutional rights of the people of the City of Charlottesville.   

The Board’s functions, as outlined below, shall pursue the following principles and objectives: 

A. Ensuring that police officers act with integrity and treat every person with equal dignity;
B. Empowering and inspiring self-governance and a culture of mutual respect;
C. Seeking social and racial justice;
D. Engaging in community outreach and amplifying the voices of the socially, politically, and economically disenfranchised;
E. Listening to and building cooperation between all stakeholders to find and develop common ground and public purpose;
F. Championing just, equitable, and legitimate policing policies and practices; and
G. Processing complaints, reviewing police practices and internal investigations, issuing findings, writing public reports, and making recommendations.

Contact

TBD (PCRB Executive Director)

Members

  • Bellamy Brown (Chair)
  • Nancy Carpenter, Social Justice Representative
  • Jeffrey Fracher
  • Deirdre Gilmore
  • William Mendez (Vice Chair)
  • Maxicelia Robinson, Staff Liaison (Deputy Clerk of Council)
  • Phillip Seay, Law Enforcement Representative (non-voting member)
  • James Watson

Working Documents

Ordinance and Resolutions Adopted

November 4, 2019, with amendments

  1. 11/4/19 ORDINANCE adding Article XVI (Police Civilian Review Board) Ordinance and By-Laws to Chapter 2 (Administration) of the Code of the City of Charlottesville, 1990, as amended, 2nd reading (PDF) - PASSED 5-0 (HILL/GALVIN) 
  2. Resolution authorizing Police Civilian Review Board Executive Director to prepare a June 2020 report to City Council (PDF) - PASSED 5-0 (HILL/BELLAMY)
  3. Resolution listing Charlottesville Police Department policies pursuant to Charlottesville City Code Section 2-458 (PDF) - PASSED 4-1 (HILL/GALVIN; Bellamy against)
  4. Resolution approving Police Civilian Review Board Bylaws (PDF) - PASSED 4-1 (HILL/GALVIN; Bellamy against)

Council resolution amended on July 2, 2018 (PDF)

Contacting the CRB

[Information subject to change as this program develops.] In order to communicate with the CRB electronically please send an email to policecrb@charlottesville.gov. If you prefer to mail hard copies to the CRB, please mail the documents to ATTN: Police CRB, P.O. Box 911, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Please know that all written communications with the CRB are subject to disclosure pursuant to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.

To File an Official Complaint Against the Police

To file a complaint or report an incident of police misconduct, send an email to policecrb@charlottesville.gov. In the email, please provide any information you have concerning the date, time, and location of the incident, the names and badge numbers (if known) of the officers involved. Additionally, please provide a description of the incident as well.  

You may provide your name and contact information, but this is not a requirement as complaints may also be filed anonymously.  We will communicate all complaints to the Charlottesville Police Department, but we will keep your name anonymous if you do not wish for us to provide your name. If you need help filing the complaint, please let us know and we will assist. 

 Thank you,

Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board

CRB  Formation

NOTE: Minutes and agendas from the initial PCRB have been migrated to the City's Civic Clerk portal.