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Civilian Complaint Review Board

The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is currently working to develop and build its infrastructure so that it can best serve the needs of Newark’s residents and other citizens that would like to entertain a complaint.  

If you would like to contact the CCRB, please contact 973-792-9160 or ccrbinfo@ci.newark.nj.us.‍

Aug. 27, 2020 –Statement from Newark CCRB Chairman Richard Robinson regarding recent N.J. State Supreme Court decision

Despite the recent opinion of the N.J. State Supreme Court, the Newark Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) plans to function with even more vigor.

           Stripping the CCRB of subpoena and concurrent investigative powers may seem damaging right now, but we are still moving forward, in terms of operations.  As Chairman, I am honored to work with Commissioners who are highly intelligent, with a staff that is extremely competent, and with our residents, who believe in our much-needed service.

           Our mission is not to just address misconduct activities by Newark Police Division members, but to establish better communications and foster a better relationship with our Law Enforcement brothers/sisters and the Newark community.

           Essentially, the CCRB is looking to prevent incidents such as the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and just, this week, the shooting of Jacob Blake of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

           Effective CCRBs can help prevent these types of fatal matters, but they need to be equipped with subpoena and investigative powers in order to sustain fairness and have true accountability, which will spearhead a measure of equality in seeking justice.

           Legally, there are plans in the works, regarding next steps.  Earlier this week, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, other mayors from around the state and N.J. ACLU officials held a press conference that touched on all viable options.

           The Newark CCRB supports these options but, meanwhile, we intend to perform our daily duties in a top-tier fashion, with the hopes of ascertaining much-needed change in the future, in order to serve our community better and to set a national standard.


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