Citizen Review Panel Task Force Seeks Additional Public Input: Survey Live Through August 25

Citizen Review Panel Task Force Seeks Additional Public Input: Survey Live Through August 25
August 18, 2021

​The task force the Virginia Beach City Council appointed to study and provide recommendations about civilian oversight of police recently held two public comment meetings and heard from nearly 25 citizens. The group is hoping to get feedback from more people through an online survey. "The City Council appointed this task force to help it make decisions on serious issues involving police accountability and oversight, and we want to include as many voices as possible to help us formulate the recommendations that are best for Virginia Beach," said Sean Monteiro, who chairs the task force.

The short online survey is available at https://publicinput.com/CitizenReviewBoard. It focuses on the primary issues the task force is charged with assessing and about which it will provide recommendations to the City Council:

  1. The difference between investigatory power and subpoena power, and whether investigatory power can be utilized without subpoena power;
  2. The purpose and designation of a budget for the citizen's review panel;
  3. The impact of a citizen's review panel on the Police Department;
  4. Identifying the best model that the City of Virginia Beach should adopt, and;
  5. Other pertinent topics regarding the development of the citizens review panel.

Virginia Beach has had a civilian Investigation Review Panel (IRP) since 1991. The task force is studying whether and to what extent a different model would better serve the city, its citizens and the Virginia Beach Police. It expects to submit recommendations by the end of the month.