A3441/S1551 will give communities throughout the state the authority to put in place strong civilian complaint community boards to review the policies, practices, and actions of local police departments and officers. 

A3441/S1551 will allow any municipality or county to create a CCRB with the following powers:

  • Subpoena power, including subpoenas of witnesses and documentary evidence.
  • The power to hold simultaneous investigations to ensure that police internal affairs investigations do not prevent CCRBs from investigating.
  • Community representation, with CCRB membership comprised of qualified community representatives chosen by community and civic organizations.
  • Meaningful disciplinary power, to recommend accountability measures for officer misconduct.