Award Date

12-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Department

Public Administration

First Committee Member

Dr. Karen Layne, Committee Chairperson

Number of Pages

84

Abstract

The study focuses on the issue of establishing a citizen review board at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) for the purpose of reviewing allegations of misconduct. With the recent increase of police officer misconduct the LVMPD has come under a great deal of scrutiny by residents of the community. The credibility of the department has been jeopardized as a result of the current complaint investigations process which is conducted by the Internal Affairs Bureau. Community activist have demanded that a citizen review board be established to investigate complaints of police misconduct. The purpose of setting up a citizen review board is to allow for the use of an external independent form of oversight that is to be perceived by the public as an approach to restore credibility to the review process.

The method of this study includes reviewing the most current literature on the topic, and analyzing the data and facts that have been gathered on the establishment of Citizens' Review Boards in other cities. The ordinance used to establish the City and County of Denver Public Safety Review Commission was reviewed as well as the ordinance used to establish the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Citizen Review Board in an effort to compare and formulate conclusions based on their organizational structure.

Keywords

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; Police corruption; Responsibility; Civilian review boards (Police administration); Nevada; City and County of Denver Public Safety Review Commission; Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Citizen Review Board; Denver (Colo.); Colorado

Disciplines

Criminology and Criminal Justice | Public Administration | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Language

English


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