By Samuel Lee Reid II, Assistant Director – Civilian Review Authority
The Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority Board are citizens of Minneapolis appointed by the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor to fairly, objectively and independently consider complaints of misconduct by members of the Minneapolis Police Department, and to issue determinations based on findings of fact and evidence to promote the adherence to the highest standard of police conduct and to foster mutual respect between the Minneapolis Police Department and all the populations of the city of Minneapolis.
Civilian Review Authority Mission Statement. Adopted May 4, 2005
The Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority (CRA) is an 11-person organization in which members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to receive and investigate allegations of police wrongdoing. Administrative support and investigative work is performed by CRA staff.
The CRA Board exists to provide oversight of the investigative process, and to provide transparency, accountability and outreach to the public. Board members are appointed to a four-year term unless appointed to complete an un-fulfilled term caused by resignation of a sitting CRA Board member.
There are currently nine (9) openings on the CRA Board. Below, we will outline the requirements and expectations for being a member of the CRA Board, as well as provide information on how to apply.
Applicants must be residents of Minneapolis.
Employees and former employees of the Minneapolis Police Department are ineligible.
Applicants must be committed to the CRA’s mission to promote the adherence to the highest standard of police conduct and to foster mutual respect between the Minneapolis Police Department and all the populations of the city of Minneapolis.
Applicants will need to be able to work successfully in a team environment, to read and analyze documents to reach sound conclusions and commit to objectivity and impartiality.
Board members are expected to commit at least 10 – 15 hours a month to board work, which includes:
- Attending monthly board meetings
- Panel hearings and reviewing complaint files in preparation for them
- Committee work
Board members are expected to participate in the following trainings:
- MPD Citizen’s Academy training
- A police ride-a-long
- Use of force training
- MPD policy and procedure training
- Board training sessions
Board members are expected to complete case determinations within the 30-day requirement, per the City Ordinance.
A Board member who has three absences from meetings or complaint hearings in a calendar year shall automatically cease to be a member of the authority.
Applications should be forwarded here:
350 S 5th Street, Room 304
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Please click the following link for more in-depth information about current vacancies, and for an electronic version of the application, available as PDF or Word document:
If you have any questions, please contact the CRA at 612-673-5502.
For more information about the CRA, or to view our Ordinance, Administrative Rules, and CRA process, feel free to visit our wepage: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cra/