A work group that is updating the way the city handles complaints about the Lawrence Police Department on Monday will hold the first of two planned community conversations.
To the relief of its members, the Community-Police Oversight Work Group met for the first time Monday. Members shared their hopes, concerns and needs to move the process forward.
The city’s Community-Police Oversight Work Group is set to start meeting Monday, following months of delays.
City staff members are asking the Lawrence City Commission to halt meetings of the Community Police Review Board until a new work group can complete its review of how Lawrence Police Department complaints are currently handled.
Lawrence’s Community Police Review Board is once again barely a quorum, following the resignation of the recently appointed chair. Meanwhile, a new work group — whose work was supposed to conclude in November — is close to setting their first meeting date.
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday voted to drop from a work group’s charge the review of a draft ordinance that the Community Police Review Board and city staff worked on for more than a year.
More than a year of work by members of the Lawrence Community Police Review Board and city staff to revise the ordinance that outlines the board’s duties could soon be scrapped.
Because of “lingering vacancies and unresolved questions,” the city’s first Community-Police Oversight Work Group meeting has been postponed, according to the city.
Frustration abounds as a community board created to advise the Lawrence Police Department and oversee complaints has made little progress in more than a year, and a new work group has yet to meet. Also, three board members have resigned.
The two newest appointees to the Lawrence Community Police Review Board will take the helm as chair and vice chair, members voted Thursday.
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