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CRS’ FAIR COPS Culminates with Confirmation of Chicago’s First Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety
April 20, 2017 Chicago – Community Renewal Society’s (CRS) work to increase police accountability in Chicago took an important step forward yesterday with the Chicago City Council’s confirmation of Dr. Laura Kunard to be the city’s first Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety.
This position was created in the fall of 2016 thanks to CRS’ advocacy for the “FAIR COPS Ordinance” and our February 24, 2016 report, “Who Watches the Watchmen?” which highlighted the need for a police auditor. Our work elevated the importance of creating an independent office to audit the Chicago Police Department, the Independent Police Review Authority (now the Civilian Office for Police Accountability), and the Police Board with the goal of ensuring a fair and transparent police accountability system in Chicago.
It is our hope that Dr. Kunard will be a strong independent advocate for police accountability and reform in Chicago. She can and should be an important voice in transforming the city’s policing systems and restoring community trust in the Chicago Police Department. We will be monitoring her work closely to ensure that this new office fulfills its responsibilities to the communities most directly impacted by police misconduct in the City of Chicago.
While this is an important milestone, we also recognize that this is only one piece of a comprehensive list of reforms needed to transform the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it serves. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Investigation of The Chicago Police Department which found a pattern and practice of civil rights violations.
CRS will continue to work with community, policy, and civil rights organizations across the city on other measures to reform Chicago’s police accountability systems including creating a community oversight board and advocating for necessary reforms to the city’s contracts with police unions.
Community Renewal Society is a progressive, faith-based organization that works to eliminate race and class barriers. Founded in 1882, Community Renewal informs, organizes and trains both communities and individuals to advocate for social and economic justice.