Citizens Police Review Board reviews mediator applications

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 9:45 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Citizens Police Review Board on Wednesday began reviewing applications for potential mediators, who will help resolve issues between residents and Columbia police.

The board has been working to create a mediation program for the past few months. The program would allow a mediator to sit in on conversations between residents and police officers as part of a process for resolving residents' complaints, according to previous Missourian reporting.

At the board's meeting Wednesday night, applications from potential mediators for the program were reviewed in a closed session.

Board Chairman James Martin said one person was selected by the board and that person will be invited to the next meeting May 14. During the meeting, the board will question the applicant and decide whether to approve that person.

The Police Department will also weigh in on the decision, since the department and the board are working together on the mediation program, Martin said.

If approved, the mediator will sign a contract with the police review board, the Police Department and the city. If not approved, application reviews will start again.

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.

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