For more than twenty years, the staff and students at the Government Law Center have served as the administrative office of the Albany Community Police Review Board. In addition to this administrative work for the City of Albany, the Center has worked with additional communities to improve oversight of police and to help communities plan for reform. The Center uses its expertise, and its impartial focus on research and education, to help communities achieve greater transparency, accountability, and equality in policing and police oversight.
Serving Local Communities: The Community Police Review Board
The Government Law Center at Albany Law School has a long-standing partnership with the City of Albany, in which the Center has provided substantial support services to the city's Community Police Review Board since its founding in 2000. The Review Board is an independent body tasked with processing civilian complaints, but also with the authority to make broader recommendations regarding police policies and practices. Members of the Center's staff and a team of student interns provide guidance, research, and training to the Review Board, helping it serve the community better and strengthening the pipeline of law students who will go on to serve their communities in areas related to criminal justice and local government.
Albany Community Police Review Board
The Albany Community Police Review Board (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.