The Community Police Review Board (CPRB) conducts external reviews of complaints against Salem Police Department employees. A person who has completed the internal police investigation process, yet is unsatisfied with the results, may initiate a Community Police Review Board review.
Seven members and two alternates who are Salem residents comprise the board. These individuals have an interest in providing input and insight to ensure professionalism and transparency in policing. The board advises the City Manager and reports its findings to the City Manager, with a concurrent copy to the City Council.
In addition to external reviews, the board may also:
- Review and advise on police department policy and procedure
- Review and analyze the police department’s complaint summaries and trends
- Refer issues to the Chief of Police
Meetings are generally held quarterly, and board hearings are held as CPRB cases are initiated. To file a complaint, please access the
Salem Police Department complaint page.
Special membership requirements
City Council shall consider:
- Civic participation within the community
- Residency within the city of Salem
- Criminal history
- Commitment to the goals of the Board
- Ethnic and cultural diversity including demonstrated life experiences or training in cultural or ethnic diversity
Please note: The Community Police Review Board requires a separate application form exclusive to this board. Please read Ordinance No. 41-2002 thoroughly before filling out the application.