Hartford mayor pushes for subpoena power, stronger authority for Civilian Police Review Board


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — In the wake of protests across the country over the past month, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin is proposing significant changes to police oversight. He’s looking to strengthen the civilian board. 

The Civilian Police Review Board is essentially an advisory board, but Mayor Bronin is looking to change that. He wants to give the board stronger power to investigate complaints against the police department.

Bronin is also proposing to give the board full-time and more investigative power. He says this is all an effort to strengthen civilian oversight of police and promote accountability within the department.

The Civilian Police Review Board proposal includes:

  • Create a full-time inspector general position (someone who is not an officer)
  • Create an appeals process to challenge the chief’s findings in matters where the board disagrees with the chief
  • Lobbying to change state law so that the board could then have subpoena power
  • Calls on the board to conduct investigations at the same time as the internal affairs departments
  • Put out quarterly reports about complaints against police

On July 13, the mayor will submit a version of this to the city council for review. It will have to go through a series of hearings and public comments. 

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