CCRB in the Bronx
As part of its new initiative “CCRB in the Boroughs,” the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) will have investigators available to take police misconduct complaints on Tues., July 29th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Office of Councilmember Andrew Cohen, located at 3636 Waldo Avenue in Riverdale.
“Having space in the boroughs where our staff can meet with community members is enormously helpful in our efforts to provide a better service to the public,” said Tracy Catapano-Fox, CCRB’s Executive Director.
The goal of the initiative, which was launched last month, is to accommodate people who want to make a complaint in-person or who have already filed a complaint and aren’t able to travel to CCRB’s lower Manhattan office for the in-person interview necessary for a case to move forward.
Currently, investigators conduct interviews at other locations in cases of hardship or if a complainant is incarcerated the CCRB sends an investigator to city jails to obtain a statement.
“I am excited to connect with the Civilian Complaint Review Board to ensure that all issues reported are taken seriously and reported in the appropriate manner,” said Councilmember Cohen.
Though the CCRB currently has no budget to operate borough offices, the agency is establishing partnerships with local officials and organizations to find borrowed space where CCRB investigators can meet with complainants. These future locations will also have a member of CCRB’s outreach staff available to provide information about the agency’s services, including its robust mediation program, and general information for civilians about street encounters with police.
The CCRB, an independent city agency, is not a part of the police department. The CCRB is mandated by law to investigate and mediate complaints of misconduct by officers of the NYPD towards members of the public and to conduct investigations in a fair and unbiased manner. The CCRB takes complaints in person, by phone, online and by mail.
For more information on the CCRB, please visit www.nyc.gov/ccrb.