Membership on Civilian Oversight Board: Eligibility Requirements and CAPCR Expectations
CAPCR’s deadline for the COB application is June 5, 2015. ALL applications will be turned over to the respective COB District alderpeople and could be become public information.
According the BB 208, the criteria for individual COB members are:
- The individual must be a resident of the City of St. Louis.
- The individual must have reached the age of eighteen (18) by the date that they will take office as a member of the COB.
- The individual must not hold any public office within the State of Missouri.
- The individual must not be an employee of the City of St. Louis or of the State of Missouri.
- The individual may not have an immediate family member who is currently employed by the Police Department.
- The individual must not have been convicted of any State or Federal criminal offense constituting a felony. A conviction includes a finding of guilt by the trier of fact, a guilty plea, an Alford plea and/or any acknowledgment of guilt (Suspended Execution/Imposition of Sentence).
Furthermore, the bill requires that each member of the COB be “fair and objective.”
Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression (CAPCR) further expects that the overall makeup of the COB should reflect the demographics of the city and include meaningful representation by those who have historically experienced police misconduct at disproportionate rates including women, African Americans, LGBT people, alter-abled, and immigrant community members.
CAPCR advocates that members should also have:
- A history of engaging in civic activities geared to holding government officials accountable to the people they represent.
- A commitment to fair policing and oversight and, ideally, familiarity with police practices and operations.
- An ability to commit extensive time to this volunteer position including significant reading, some training and an active meeting schedule.