Title: City Hall, 165 Church Street, Second Floor, Meeting Room #2
Description: Date: September 13, 2013
Title: NH City Hall 2nd floor Conference Room
The meeting was called to Order at 6:15pm by Acting-Chair Leslie Radcliffe, (Secretary).
Present: Frank Cochran, Wayne Hobbs, Lena Largie, Cathy Gootkin, Robert Spirito, Noemi Rivera, Evette Hamilton, Leslie Radcliffe
Absent: Barbara Carroll, Bianca Bowles, Evelise Ribeiro, Sherina Baker
Guests: Lt. Anthony Duff, Roderick Williams, Reginald Thomas
The minutes of the July 11, 2013 meeting were unanimously approved with no corrections needed.
Internal Affairs Report:
Lt. Anthony Duff reported that reporting of cases is trending towards yearly averages.
A new Administrative Assistant, Debra Zullo, is quickly acclimating.
The IA Department is restarting the incoming case log and he will hand these out when they are ready.
Lt Anthony Duff reported 2 closed cases, both non-pursued.
Lt. Anthony Duff again reminded about office hours and contact information: Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM, Sat-Sun 9AM-3PM, IA office number: 203-946-6249.
Lt. Anthony Duff confirmed that the Department is still operating under General Order 16 in response to concerns over police procedures. The General Orders are in the process of being revised which is being overlooked by the Assistant Chiefs.
General Policy Items:
Per Frank Cochran, discussion and consideration of complaints and reports should be addressed after Internal Affairs Report to allow Lt. Anthony Duff to respond to concerns/discussion. It was agreed that this correction would be made for subsequent meetings.
Discussion and Consideration of Complaints and Reports:
CRB members expressed concern over misfiling of documents in files that did not pertain to the complaint. After bringing this up to staff in the IA Department the cases were no longer available to read.
No issues discussed on reading list.
A reminder that each case is to be read by 2 CRB members.
Frank Cochran discussed the need for a Charter Revision Committee since the CRB is on the books for being a chartered agency, which will require aldermanic implementation.
This suggestion was further supported with the fact that no one was clear on how appointments would remain with new Mayoral Leadership and the new status of a chartered agency. Frank Cochran and Evette Hamilton agreed to move forward with this responsibility.
The Board will submit a formal letter to the Chief Esserman requesting that someone from the NHPD be present at next months meeting to address the status of the revision of GAs. A copy of this letter will be forwarded to the Chair of Police Commissioners.
Election: Current vacancy of Chair (Barbara Carroll, Vice Chair, and Acting Interim Chair). Nomination ballots were presented by Corporate Counsel R. Williams and presented to Acting Secretary to be read. There were 2 declined nominations: Wayne Hobbs and Robert Spirito. Barbara Carroll accepted nomination. Vote was taken anonymously and Barbara Carroll was voted as Chair unanimously by all members in attendance.
A second election was called for the vacancy of Vice Chair with 2 nominations: Wayne Hobbs and Noemi Rivera (who declined nomination). Wayne Hobbs was voted as Vice Chair unanimously by all members in attendance.
A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved unanimously.
The next meeting of the Civilian Review Board is scheduled for 6:00pm Thursday October 10, 2013 at New Haven Police Department, 1 Union Avenue in Chiefs conference room.
Submitted by: Noemi Rivera (acting Secretary)