Civilian Police Review Board

Requesting Applications for the 

Civilian Police Review Board


The City of Durham is seeking applicants to fill five (5) vacancies on the Civilian Police Review Board with one term expiring June 30, 2026 and four terms expiring June 30, 2027.  


The Civilian Police Review Board reviews the Professional Standards Division’s handling of complaints made against Durham Police Department employees. Members of the Civilian Police Review Board are appointed by the City Manager and confirmed by City Council.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of application;
  • Reside in the corporate city limits and have consistently maintained residency for at least three years prior to applying; and
  • Be current in the payment of local property taxes at the time of application and throughout board term.


New board members are required to complete:

  • Community Police Academy
  • Sixteen (16) hours in a patrol car ride-along program
  • Orientation on legal issues and the role and function of the Civilian Police Review Board


Re-appointed Board members must complete:

  • Community Police Academy at least once during the new term (unless there’s demonstration of having completed the Academy within the last five years)
  • At least four (4) hours in a patrol car ride-along program each year of term

Click HERE to Apply!


For more information, call 919-560-4166.

Deadline for receiving applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2023.


  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday of each month 
  • City Hall
    101 City Hall Plaza
    Durham, NC 27701

Additional meetings may be held if justified by the board’s workload.

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The board consists of 9 residents of the city, all of whom are appointed by the City Manager and confirmed by the City Council. Members serve staggered 4-year terms, and are eligible for reappointment.

JUNE 30, 2023 


JUNE 30, 2026 


Ms. Cassandra R. Johnson, Vice Chair

Ms. Melissa Rasberry, Chair

Mr. DeWarren K. Langley

Ms. Shanika Baughman

Mr. Norman Blake


Ms. Kendra J. Pressley 


The Civilian Police Review Board hears appeals of complaints submitted by residents concerning actions taken by Durham police officers. The Durham Police Department’s Professional Standards Division initially investigates these complaints. If a complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the investigation, he or she may file a request for a hearing with the board.

The board’s mandate is to determine whether or not the investigation was conducted in an appropriate manner, specifically, whether the Police Department abused its discretion in the conduct of the investigation. The board will examine the written evidence submitted by the complainant and the police department to determine whether a hearing should be held. The board will hold a hearing only if that evidence persuades the board that a hearing is justified. The board’s findings are submitted to the city manager for his or her action.