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Thursday, September 30, 2021

MAYOR JANEY APPOINTS OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD MEMBERS

MAYOR JANEY APPOINTS OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD MEMBERS

OPAT Commission announces first public meeting

 

BOSTON - Thursday, September 30, 2021 - Mayor Kim Janey today announced four mayoral appointments to the Civilian Review Board (CRB) for the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency (OPAT), including one youth representative. The OPAT Commission also announced its first community meeting will be held on Monday Oct. 4, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. virtually.

The signature recommendation of the Boston Police Reform Task Force, OPAT creates a single point of public access to a new standard in police accountability and community oversight. The Civilian Review Board is charged with reviewing and recommending action on complaints against the Boston Police Department. The Internal Affairs Oversight Panel (IAOP) is also housed within OPAT. 

“As we make progress on our commitment to provide safety, healing and justice for all Boston residents, it’s vital that we continue building the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency,” said Mayor Janey. “I am proud to appoint these qualified individuals to the OPAT Civilian Review Board. Their work will help foster accountability and trust between the Boston Police Department and Boston residents.”

The Civilian Review Board is comprised of nine members. In total, the Mayor will appoint six members independently. The Mayor will also appoint three members from nine individuals recommended to serve on the Board from the Boston City Council, expected later this year. Once all nine seats are filled by the Mayor, a chair of the Board will be chosen.

“I am grateful to have these individuals serve on the Civilian Review Board to help advance our work ensuring transparency and accountability within the Boston Police Department,” said Director Everett. “I look forward to continuing our work to bring about necessary reforms to enhance and build public trust and confidence.”

Mayor Janey appointed the following individuals to serve on the Civilian Review Board:

·    Danny Y. Rivera, Jr., Mattapan

Youth Representative on the Civilian Review Board

·    E. Peter Alvarez, West Roxbury

·    Dexter G. Miller, Dorchester

·    Joshua Dankoff, Jamaica Plain

Today’s appointees will work to implement Mayor Janey’s goals to ensure safety, healing, and justice for every Boston resident across all neighborhoods. The Civilian Review Board will work with the Chair of the OPAT Commission. Earlier this year, Mayor Janey announced attorney Stephanie Everett to lead the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency as the Executive Director.

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