Police Citizen's Review Board
Established in 1997, the Iowa City Police Citizens Review Board consists of five members appointed by the City Council. The PCRB has its own legal counsel.
The PCRB reviews reports prepared after investigation of complaints about alleged police misconduct. It then issues its own written reports that contain detailed findings of fact and conclusions that explain why and the extent to which complaints should be sustained or not sustained. The PCRB maintains a central registry of complaints against sworn police officers and prepares annual reports to the City Council on the disposition of these complaints.
The PCRB reviews police policies, procedures, and practices, and may recommend modifications to them. The board shall hold at least one community forum each year for the purpose of hearing citizen's views on the policies, practices and procedures of the Iowa City police department, review police practices, procedures, and written policies as those practices and procedures relate to the police department's performance as a whole, and report their recommendations, if any, to the city council, city manager and police chief.
The PCRB has only limited civil administrative review powers and has no power or authority over criminal matters or police discipline. It is not a court of law and is not intended to substitute for any form of legal action against the Police Department or the City.
The Complaint Review Process
- The PCRB receives a completed citizen complaint form and immediately forwards a copy to the Police Chief for internal affairs investigation. (If the complaint is about the Chief, the City Manager will conduct the investigation.) The Chief completes the investigation within 90 days and issues a detailed written report that concludes with a finding that the complaint is "sustained" or "not sustained." The PCRB will grant extensions, from this deadline for good cause shown.
- Copies of the Chief’s report are sent to the PCRB and to the complainant, the police officers, and the City Manager.
- The PCRB reviews the Chief's report and may conduct additional investigation or request that the Chief do so. Within 45 days of receipt of the Chief’s report, the Board issues a written report that contains detailed findings of fact and a conclusion that explains why and the extent to which the complaint should be "sustained" or "not sustained." The City Council may grant extensions, upon written request.
- Copies of the PCRB's report on the Chief's investigation are sent to the complainant, the police officers, the City Manager, and the City Council.
- The PCRB may recommend that the Chief reverse his findings if it determines that they are unsupported by substantial evidence; are unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious; or are contrary to Police Department policy or practice, or any federal, state, or local law.
For More Information
410 E Washington Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Complaint forms are available:
- City Clerk/City Hall
- Police Department/City Hall
- Iowa City Public Library
- Broadway St Neighborhood Center
- Pheasant Ridge Center