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File #: 23-0402    Name:
Type: Written Report Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/11/2022 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 10/25/2022 Final action:
Title: Consideration of the Appointment of the Independent Policing Auditor/Investigator.
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: OCTOBER 18, 2022

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

THROUGH: JAMES F. PARAJON, CITY MANAGER /s/

FROM: DANA WEDELES, STRATEGIC INITIATIVES OFFICER, CMO

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Consideration of the Appointment of the Independent Policing Auditor/Investigator.
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ISSUE: Consideration of the appointment of the Independent Policing Auditor/Investigator.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

(1) Move to appoint Kim Neal to the office of the Independent Policing Auditor/Investigator effective December 1, 2022; and

(2) Authorize the mayor to execute an employment agreement with the Independent Policing Auditor/Investigator on behalf of the City.

BACKGROUND: On June 9, 2020, City Council adopted Resolution 2950, that stated Council's intent to establish a Community Policing Review Board. The resolution directed the City Manager and City Attorney to return to Council on September 8, 2020 with a proposed ordinance to establish a Community Policing Review Board in Alexandria, and Council has continued the discussion following this initial draft.

At City Council's April 2021 Public Hearing, City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance establishing the structure of a new Independent Community Policing Review Board, to be effective as of July 1, 2021 along with its authorizing state law. The ordinance grants this board the authority to:
* Receive concerns from the community regarding policing in Alexandria;
* Review Alexandria Police Department investigations of certain incidents and complaints and issue advisory findings;
* Conduct independent investigations of certain incidents and complaints of more serious incidents, as defined in the ordinance, and issue advisory findings regarding these incidents; and
* Consider and make recommendations on policing practices, policies and procedures.

The ordinance...

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