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The Conservative Case for Civilian Review

By Kim Hendrickson

Insight: Many police chiefs have embraced civilian review as an acceptable alternative. There is no evidence that local review boards deter federal investigations (indeed, most DOJ investigations occur in places where civilian review agencies are in place), but they can make them a little less painful. There is an increasing tendency at the DOJ to recognize a well-functioning review entity as a sign of policing improvement. Police professionals, furthermore, see the value of citizen review as part of a larger strategy of community policing.

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