Citizens' Police Oversight Board

The Citizens' Police Oversight Board offers an external and independent review of policing practices in Akron, Ohio. It also supervises the Office of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA). The OIPA is staffed with three full-time employees: an Independent Police Auditor, a Deputy Independent Police Auditor, and an administrative staff member.

The Board consists of nine residents from Akron, Ohio. The mayor appoints three members with the City Council's approval, while the remaining six are appointed by a two-thirds majority of the City Council. Additionally, no more than two members may hail from the same ward.

Read the charter language here for all duties and responsibilities of the Board.

Members of the Board: 
Chair, Kemp Boyd - kboyd@akronohio.gov
Vice-Chair, Donzella Anuszkiewicz - danuszkiewicz@akronohio.gov
Cati Castle - ccastle@akronohio.gov
Brandyn Costa - bcosta@akronohio.gov
Robert Gippin - rgippin@akronohio.gov
Shawn Peoples - speoples@akronohio.gov
Tristan Reed - treed@akronohio.gov
Beverly Richards - brichards@akronohio.gov
Ericka Burney-Hawkins - eburney-hawkins@akronohio.gov

**To reach all board members, please email CPOB@akronohio.gov. 

Contact information for Independent Police Auditor Office:
Anthony Finnell
172 S. Broadway, Suite 207
Akron, OH 44308
phone:  330-375-2705
email: policeauditor@akronohio.gov


BOARD MEETING NOTICES
Full board meetings take place at Akron City Hall (166 S. High St. Akron, OH 44308) in the City Council Chambers (3rd floor) every other Wednesday at 6pm.
The upcoming Citizens' Police Oversight Board Meeting is scheduled for 05/29/2024. These meetings are publicly accessible and feature a period for public comments. Attendance in person is required to make a public comment. The meetings are livestreamed on the City's YouTube page.  For the latest meeting click below on the video.

CPOB Meeting 05/15/2024

UPCOMING EVENTS
The Ward 5 Community Meeting is scheduled for May 16th at 6:00 PM, at the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, located 550 S Arlington St, Akron, OH 44306. Anthony Finnell, the Independent Police Auditor, will be the featured guest speaker for the event.

The Ward 3 Community Meeting is scheduled for June 20th at 6:00 PM, at 600 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron, OH 44307. Anthony Finnell, the Independent Police Auditor, will be the featured guest speaker for the event.



Latest Developments from the Citizens' Police Oversight Board and the Office of Independent Police Auditor

The Office of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA) is looking to fill the position of Independent Deputy Police Auditor. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by clicking the provided link for the Independent Deputy Police Auditor Position.  Posting closes May 24, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. est.

CPOB Member Tristan Reed has declared her resignation from the Citizens' Police Oversight Board, effective May 29, 2024. We extend our gratitude to Mrs. Reed for her unwavering commitment and service to the Citizens' Police Oversight Board and to the community of Akron, Ohio. Her valuable contributions and perspectives have been instrumental in establishing the foundation of the Citizens' Police Oversight Board. We wish her success in all her future pursuits!
  
CPOB approves statement of the Jayland Walker internal investigation during 11/29/2023 board meeting. Click here to read the released statement.


CPOB and OIPA releases statement on officer involved shooting that occurred April 1, 2024.

“The Citizens Police Oversight Board is deeply saddened by the recent shooting incident involving a 15-year-old male. While we are relieved to know that his injuries are not life-threatening; a family from our community and the neighborhood where this happened are dealing with the trauma of having this occur where they live and where children play. An Akron police officer is also left dealing with the traumatic impact of having used deadly force.” 

OIPA releases Dierre Field's Use of Force Audit Report.  Click here to read the Audit Report.




 

Subcommittee Meeting Notices

Human Resource Management Subcommittee
Governance Subcommittee
Community Engagement Subcommittee
Budget and Finance Subcommittee
Review Subcommittee

AGENDAS AND MINUTES

To view the Agendas for the Citizens Police Oversight Board Meetings as well as the agendas for the subcommittee meetings, click the button below: 

Agendas

To view the Minutes from the meetings please click the button below: 

Minutes


Filing A Citizen Complaint

The Akron Police Department's policy is to accept and review all citizen complaints concerning police services, policies, procedures, or personnel. The citizen complaint process is open to anyone who suspects that Akron Police personnel may have acted in a manner contrary to their rules, the law, or a citizen's rights. Ensuring a fair, factual, and objective investigation of complaints is a top priority.

How to File a Complaint

Should you suspect misconduct by a police department officer or employee, obtain their name, badge or identification number, vehicle number, and any other identifying information. Additionally, if there were witnesses present, secure their names and contact details. Gather any evidence pertinent to your complaint. 

Complaints can be submitted in person, by telephone, mail, email, or even anonymously. Additionally, they can be filed by reaching out to the independent police auditor at:

OFFICE OF THE POLICE AUDITOR
172 S. Broadway, Suite 207,
Akron, OH 44308
330-375-2705
policeauditor@akronohio.gov

CITY OF AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT
217 S. High St., Room 511
Akron, OH 44308
330-375-2900
apdcomplaints@akronohio.gov 

File a Complaint

Complaint forms can be downloaded from this site or obtained in person at the information desk within the police department. If requested, a complaint form can be delivered to your residence or sent by mail. After filling out the form, please return it to the police department located at 217 S. High St., Akron, OH 44308, Room 511, or email it to apdcomplaints@akronohio.gov with a copy to CPOB@akronohio.gov.


Compliment a Cop

The Officer Commendation Form provides individuals with the opportunity to share the exceptional service provided to them by Akron Police Officers and Supervisors. Please complete the form linked below and submit to police@akronohio.gov and copy CPOB@akronohio.gov

Submit a Compliment

Speaker Request Form

Please provide in the box below: Event Date, Time, Presentation Length Time, Audience Composition, Audience Size, Presentation Topic, and Expectations. For Audience Composition - Who is the audience? For example, are they predominantly older adults, immigrants, community leaders, or a neighborhood organization?