Wichita residents can apply to serve on the Wichita Citizen Review Board (CRB) by visiting the City of Wichita website to complete an application at the following link:
Wichita Citizen Review Board Online Application
The creation of the CRB was approved by the City Council at its regular meeting on Oct. 10. The CRB will be designed to review citizen complaints, department policy and best practices. The CRB, among other responsibilities, will provide WPD and the Council input regarding racial and biased-based policing issues. It will replace the existing City Manager Review Board. Other functions of the CRB will include:
Assisting WPD with community outreach;
Serving as an advisory board to assist in policy development, public education, community outreach and other activities related to racial and other biased-based policing; and
Reviewing post-discipline findings of WPD's Professional Standards Bureau in alleged officer misconduct matters, upon request of the Chief of Police.
The Board will consist of seven members appointed by the City Manager. Members will be representative of the city's demographics and must meet minimum qualifications, including a criminal history background check, completion of the Citizen's Police Academy and training in state open meetings and open records law.
The Board is required to meet quarterly or upon the request of the City Manager. The meetings are subject to the requirements of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) and Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).