Aurora, IL Creates A Civilian Review Board; More than 100 Applications Received
With a unanimous 12-0 decision, the Aurora City Council made history recently with an unprecedented vote to create the area’s first-ever Civilian Review Board, a resident-based body to address police misconduct complaints.
“We have made significant advances in our police reform efforts in a short amount of time,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “One of the primary requests from the community was a Civilian Review Board, and we made it a priority to benchmark best practices and established a board unique to the Aurora community.”
The creation of the Aurora Civilian Review Board (CRB) is one of the key components of the City’s CHANGE Reform Initiative launched by Mayor Irvin in response to the civil unrest caused by the murder of George Floyd last spring. Another primary component - the implementation of body cameras for the Aurora Police Department -was approved by the City Council last month and is currently in progress.
Serving as an intermediary between the community and police department, the Civilian Review Board will accept misconduct complaints, review cases, and offer disciplinary recommendations to the Chief of Police, who makes the final decision on disciplinary action.
The nine members of the CRB are appointed by the mayor, with advice and consent from the Aurora City Council. The City is now seeking the inaugural CRB members.
The online membership application is now closed.
Learn more about the City’s CHANGE Reform Initiative at www.aurora-il.org/CHANGE.