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Campton Hills police chief recommends starting Citizen's Review Board

Suggestion comes as police departments scrutinized across country

With police departments across the country under increasing scrutiny these days, Campton Hills Police Chief Steven Millar would like to start a Citizen's Review Board.
With police departments across the country under increasing scrutiny these days, Campton Hills Police Chief Steven Millar would like to start a Citizen's Review Board.

CAMPTON HILLS – With police departments across the country under increasing scrutiny these days, Campton Hills Police Chief Steven Millar would like to start a Citizen's Review Board.

He made the suggestion during a recent message to the community in which he discussed the protests that have been taking place following the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, who died in police custody after now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck.

"I would like to start up a Citizen's Review Board to help me better understand the community's needs and to have more transparency if a complaint against the department comes up," Millar said in the message.

He also invited residents to visit the department's website and utilize the department's compliment/complaint form to "help us recognize our strengths/weaknesses," Millar said.

In his message, Millar also his remorse over what happened to Floyd.

"The actions those select officers took and did not take, unfortunately are a reflection on all officers," Millar said. "Please know that no one dislikes a bad officer more than a good officer. Your Campton Hills police officers have been hand selected to work here because of who they are and what they represent. We have received and continue to receive training on de-escalation techniques as well as training on several options on controlling situations without force."

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