The Civilian Police Review Committee (CPRC) is a volunteer advisory body whose purpose is to review citizen-generated complaint cases and cases that have received a high level of community interest, which have been filed against St. Petersburg police officers. The CPRC role is to determine whether Police Department policies and procedures were followed by the accused police officer and the investigating police officers. These cases represent administrative investigations and are not criminal in nature.
The Committee reviews and analyzes the cases, and determines, through consensus, the adequacy and appropriateness of the investigations and findings. Pursuant to Florida law, the CPRC cannot change the findings, but it can provide recommendations for policies within the Police Department that convey a sense of fairness, competency of investigations, and concern for the interests of both the civilian complainants and the police officers.
Any person may register a complaint against a St. Petersburg police officer, when there is reason to believe that the officer has acted improperly, at either of these locations:
St. Petersburg Police Department Internal Affairs Division
1300 First Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Civilian Police Review Committee
MSC Building, 3rd Floor One Fourth Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Civilian Police Review Committee exists to educate the public about the complaint process and to have citizens review and publicize the results of those complaint cases. In the past, community groups and individual citizens voiced their concerns regarding the Police Department's complaint system. They perceived that the legitimacy of case investigations could be questionable when those who were the subjects of the complaints were also responsible for the investigation of those complaints.
CPRC is a nine-member, multi-racial group that reflects the representative composition of the City's population. Members serve for three (3) years and are appointed by the Mayor. Citizens interested in joining the committee, should submit a resume with a cover letter briefly describing why they are interested (address and phone above).
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Watch the CPRC video to learn more.