Independent Oversight


Policy 11: Special or Independent Prosecutors

When trying criminal defendants, district attorneys rely on testimony and evidence provided by police officers, many of whom they work with regularly. These relationships create conflicts of interest when prosecutors must determine whether and how to prosecute police officers accused of criminal acts. Read more »


Policy 12: Inspectors General or Oversight Commissions

Subjecting law enforcement agencies to external oversight can provide some transparency and may help monitor the practices and policies of local police. Unlike community based oversight Inspectors General or Oversight Commissions refer to oversight of police departments by third party government agencies or officials. Read more »


Policy 13: Demilitarize Local Police Forces

During the last few decades local police forces have become increasingly militarized. Militarization has taken many forms including the use of military grade equipment. The dangers of distributing military grade weapons to local law enforcement was vividly exposed in the local police response to protestors in Ferguson after the murder of Michael Brown. Starting in 1997, the federal government began making excess military equipment available to local law enforcement agencies. Read more »