Police Review Board Discusses N.A.C.O.L.E

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COLUMBIA - Columbia's Citizen Police Review Board will hear a report Wednesday night on a national oversight group. It's the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.

N.A.C.O.L.E. is a non-profit group that gets agencies together trying to watch over police officers. Columbia Citizens Review Board member Susan Smith will be presenting the N.A.C.O.L.E. information.

On the website, a local review board can build up a profile by answering an 11 question survey. Then the national group can learn a little bit more about the local one. Many other police review boards in cities all across the country are listed here.

Locally, the review board also has to choose a new board member after Merwyn Alexander was arrested on suspicion of child molestation. City Council members found out about his arrest just hours after they appointed her.

"It's a matter of timing," Ward Three City Council Representative Gary Kespohl said. "This could have happened on Sunday before we vote on Monday. How close to the meeting can you run those background checks and still be able to get the information out and get it in our packet on Friday?"

Alexander was supposed to take John McClure's position November 1st when his term expired. The review board has also had recent ordinance discussions with Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton.