CITY HALL – Mayor Tishaura Jones signed on Wednesday her first executive order, clarifying how citizen complaints regarding police and correctional misconduct are to be reviewed and handled.
The order requires the Internal Affairs Division at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Civilian Oversight Board to use a joint complaint form set up in 2016 by then-Mayor Francis Slay. In the past, SLMPD used a separate form for officer misconduct complaints, and that information was not provided to the Civilian Oversight Board. Executive Order #1 will ensure that the Civilian Oversight Board has access to all citizen allegations of police misconduct.
“These systems were built for abuse, not accountability,” Jones said in a statement. “If we want to rebuild trust between our communities and the police department, we cannot allow the police to investigate themselves. This Executive Order creates a clear and direct line of authority between Internal Affairs and the Civilian Oversight Board.”
The order also mandates that the Department of Corrections send along all complaints by detainees held in the City Justice Center and Medium Security Institution (the Workhouse) dating as far back as 2017.
Last weekend, Jones toured both jails and listened to detainees’ complaints of having their concerns disregarded by Corrections staff.
Jones’ order allows that type of record to be reviewed by the mayor, Director of Public Safety, Commissioner of the Civilian Oversight Board, City Counselor’s Office, and Director of Personnel, as well as designated staff members.
St. Louisans who want to file a complaint regarding police misconduct are encouraged to call the Civilian Oversight Board at 314-657-1600.