Welcome to the homepage of the Albany Citizens' Police Review Board
(CPRB). The CPRB is an independent body established by the City of
Albany in 2000 to improve communication between the police department
and the community, to increase police accountability and credibility
with the public, and to create a complaint review process that is free
from bias and informed of actual police practice.
In addition to
its authority to review and comment on completed investigations of
complaints made by citizens against officers of the city of Albany
Police Department for alleged misconduct, the nine-member Board may make
recommendations to the Common Council and the Mayor regarding police
policies and practices relevant to the goals of community policing and
the exercise of discretionary authority by police officers. Board
members are appointed by the Mayor and the Common Council. The Board is
required to, among other things, undergo significant training and
engage in public outreach and education.
In a unique
arrangement, the Government Law Center of Albany Law School provides
substantial support services to assist the Board in its duties and
A Citizen's Guide to the Complaint Process (.pdf)
A Citizen's Guide to the Complaint Process (Spanish version .pdf)
The 2015 Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture focused on police-community relations and featured The Honorable Sterling Johnson Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. For complete coverage of the lecture, including a video, visit the
Crawford Lecture webpage.