#42: Who's Watching the Watchmen? Police Oversight Part I

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When a group of people is given great power to watch over the rest of us, how do we make sure they use that power correctly?

Pittsburgh’s Citizen Police Review Board was created in 1997 to do just that. Its investigators weigh in on individual complaints and issue findings independent of city leadership and department administrators.

Executive Director Elizabeth Pittinger, one of the longest-serving police oversight officials in the country, said that independence gives the CPRB some insulation from political interference and public opinion.