Albany Citizens' Police Review Board

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 responsibilities.

A Citizen's Guide to the Complaint Process (.pdf)

A Citizen's Guide to the Complaint Process (Spanish version .pdf)

​2015 Crawford Memorial Lecture

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.