The City of Columbus will be hosting a second public input session to update the community on proposed changes to the structure of the Audit and Review Committee for Citizens and Police Relations. Mary Ferdon, the city’s director of administration, says the meeting will be held on Monday at Donner Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Ferdon explains that the committee was created in 1992 to foster transparency, gain community trust and respond to the needs of residents. Building on these original goals, she explains that city officials, along with current committee members, the African American Pastor’s Alliance and interested community members, have worked with the city over the last 18 months to examine the committee’s effectiveness at fulfilling the original goals and discussing new challenges to be addressed by the committee.
Ferdon says that the city will recommend renaming the committee the “Community Police Review Board” in an effort to better connect the committee name with its function. She adds that the Columbus Human Rights Commission will continue to provide technical assistance and the Board of Public Works and Safety will continue to administer appeals.