The 2016 elections brought a wave of new citizen oversight procedures across the country. Local elections brought new procedures in Oakland, San Francisco, Denver, Miami, and Honolulu. The Oakland Civilian Police Commission, which was approved by 83 percent of the voters, has the power to investigate citizen complaints, impose discipline, and hire and fire the police chief. Voters in Denver, meanwhile, placed the Office of Independent Monitor (OIM), which is responsible for both the Denver police and the county sheriff’s department, in the city charter,. The change makes it much more difficult to abolish the agency.

Sam Walker commented in an article in Governing that the national police crisis, which began with the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, has “created a lot of public support for a stronger form of oversight.”

Read the Governing article here: CitizenOversight2016elections