The Citizen Review Board is hosting five community listening sessions over the next month.

In a news release, the board said it is “seeking open, honest commentary from the community,” to make sure it is effective and to gauge citizens’ interactions with the police department.

“Your statements will help guide future recommendations regarding specific policies and procedures including but not limited to officer conduct, community policing strategies, department culture shifting initiatives, technology utilization and other areas of concern from these sessions,” a flyer reads.

People who attend will each get three minutes to share testimonials and the events will be moderated by community leaders. Syracuse police officials will not attend the events, according to the board.

The dates of the listening sessions are:

  • Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Oakwood Ave.
  • Oct. 25, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., PEACE Inc. Eastside Family Resource Center, 202 S. Beech St.
  • Oct. 26, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., OneGroup, 706 N. Clinton St.
  • Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., Common Council chambers at City Hall
  • Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall at Victory Temple Fellowship Church, 817 E. Willow St.

The review board takes complaints from citizens about interactions with Syracuse police officers and determines whether there is enough evidence to prove the complaint. If enough evidence exists, the board recommends discipline for the officers.

Chris Libonati

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