Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we hear from people. If you have a question which is not answered on this page, you can contact us by emailing info@civilianledpolicing.org.

How are police officers reacting to the Civilian Led Policing movement?

We have current and former officers already speaking out and working on our organization. More are realizing that Civilian Led Policing will allow them to be put in harm’s way less often and to better serve their communities.

Where has the Civilian Led Policing model been implemented thus far?

This model is a new concept that hasn’t yet been implemented in any cities. However, we are in the process of implementing it in major cities such as Miami, Austin, Albuquerque, and other cities.

How will officers be held accountable with the Civilian Led Policing model?

Ultimately, under our model the accountability falls on the civilians. They are the one in control under that system so it’s their job to ensure the right policies are in place to create that accountability. In addition, the separation of departments and the Civilian Public Safety Board provide that divide between the police and the civilians, creating further transparency and improving fraud prevention. Civilian Public Safety Board meetings will also be open for the public to contribute, with Board Members as accessible as possible.

How will the members of the Civilian Public Safety Board be chosen?

Board members will be chosen via a lottery system with equitable representation. In order to get into the lottery a citizen must pass certain prerequisites such as age, length of time as a citizen of that community, passing a training course, and whatever else that city chooses. Someone from a district with the most crime, most poverty, most policed, etc. would possibly have a better chance of being selected for the board.

How is the Civilian Led Policing model different than the Civilian Review Boards that many cities already have?

Review boards focus on the aftermath and accountability. Most if not all have no enforcement method or power. With our model, the Civilian Public Safety Board has control of all police policies, standards, and practices. Under our model, cities will also be able to implement a true review board that has the necessary powers to hold officers accountable.

What is the purpose of the separation between the Civilian Administration Department and the Police Operations Department?

This separation will help to prevent collusion in reporting, to give civilians more oversight over the reports process, and also to give control of tools such as body camera footage to the Civilians. Under the current system in most cities, it is easy for reports to be misplaced or easily ignored, so this structure may solve those issues.

How will the model be implemented in cities?

In order to implement the model, we have multiple options: referendum/ballot initiative, legislation, change in city charter, and campaign platforms. Because many candidates and elected officials won’t be willing to sponsor this legislation, we will have to gather the necessary signatures to get this on the ballot. All of these avenues will take strong grassroots organizing at the local level, which we will need your help with!

How is the Civilian Led Policing organization being funded?

Currently we are fundraising through grassroots donations online. We are in the process of seeking grants. If you know of any we should look into, please let us know!

Will the Civilian Led Policing organization donate to campaigns or spend money on candidates?

No, as the Civilian Led Policing organization is a registered 501(c)(4) nonprofit, the organization will not endorse candidates, spend money on candidates, or do any independent expenditures on behalf of candidates. Funds raised will go towards paying staff, covering travel expenses, and helping with other basic organizational costs.

How can I help out?

You can help out by signing up to volunteer, spreading the word, and donating to the organization! To volunteer, go to our Volunteer Page and to donate, you can click here. If you’d like to get organizing started in your city, please let us know when you sign up to volunteer! You can also check the Local Organizing Page to see if there is any organizing already going on in your city. Most importantly, we want to hear your thoughts and ideas!

How would ____________________ work under the model?

When in doubt, this model is the framework for your ideas to be heard. When implemented, the model will provide an outlet for civilians to implement the solutions they believe their city needs.