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Leadership Indianapolis hosts civilian oversight workshop 

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Leadership Indianapolis will host a workshop that helps citizens learn how they can get involved in monitoring law enforcement.

The “Citizens’ Role in Law Enforcement Oversight” workshop will be at noon July 20 via Zoom. 

Duane Ingram, president of the Citizens’ Police Complaint Board (CPCB), will facilitate the workshop and said civilian oversight is a way for people in the community to hold police accountable for their actions. 

“If you let officers get away with things they will act as if they are above the law, and violate the law,” Ingram said.

The CPCB reviews all formal complaints brought to the Citizens’ Police Complaint Office and is made up of nine voting members and three non-voting police officers. Members are appointed to three-year terms and must complete 20 hours of training in police procedures and 16 hours of ride-alongs with an IMPD officer per year.

Ebony Chappel, program and communications manager at Leadership Indianapolis, said workshops like this are a great opportunity for the community to be involved in the process. 

“Change is difficult in any way you look at it,” Chappel said. “I believe there are more people invested in a brighter future than there are people who are stuck in the past.”

Ingram hopes people gain a better understanding of the civilian oversight process and realize why programs like this are necessary. 

Contact staff writer Terrence Lambert at 317-924-5243. Follow him on Twitter @TerrenceL.

Register online here.

If cost creates a barrier for your participation, contact Ebony Chappel at echappel@leadershipindianapolis.com

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