Establishing an Independent Police Oversight Body

August 16, 2010 - 12:00am
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Independent police oversight bodies ensure police accountability. The process of establishing a police oversight body can be framed through the following seven steps: (1) determining the method to legally establish the oversight body; (2) defining the purpose of the oversight body; (3) defining the jurisdiction of the oversight body; (4) selecting the model of the oversight body; (5) defining the powers of the oversight body; (6) defining the complainant; and (7) determining the procedure by which the oversight body carries out its functions.