In addition to investigating allegations of misconduct by MNPD, the Community Oversight Board (COB) will have the power to conduct policy reviews of agencies involved in public safety and the administration of justice. This means the COB can assess policies and procedures in MNPD and other Metro Nashville agencies that overlap or are directly involved in the criminal justice system. The following is a sample of policy reviews that the COB can undertake in its early years of operation:
The COB can review MNPD’s civil asset forfeiture policies.
The COB can review MNPD’s policies regarding the seizure of the personal items (e.g.
phone, clothes, etc.) of people killed or detained by law enforcement.
The COB can assess how restorative justice practices may reduce violent crimes and improve community-police relations.
The COB can evaluate whether language interpreters and language assistance programs are easily available to non-English speaking residents during domestic disputes, police investigations, and emergency (paramedic/fire) responses.
The COB can issue a policy report assessing trauma, policing, and incarceration.
The COB can review the effectiveness of School Resource Officers in MNPS.
The COB can review the fiscal viability of CCA beds in the Metro Nashville budget.
The COB can review ongoing efforts to reform the bail system in Metro Nashville.
The COB can review policing practices in MDHA communities.
The COB can review law enforcement practices and homeless/houseless residents.
The COB can review how veterans, especially homeless combat veterans, interact with
law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
The COB can review policing practices that disadvantage LGBTQ+ communities.
The COB can review MNPD’s internal affairs policies to assess whether officers are being unfairly punished by their superiors.