Civilian Review Boards

The CJR Solution

As state, local, and federal lawmakers, mayors, law enforcement, and other key stakeholders consider advancing police reform in their respective jurisdiction, CJR recommends the following

1. Develop a national police misconduct database detailing specific citizens’ complaints, disciplinary actions taken, the nature and extent of officer complaints, misconduct violations, and sub sequential officer termination and decertification.
2. Mandatory reporting of misconduct data for measuring and detecting local, regional, and national patterns.
3. Establish mandatory decertification and termination thresholds for severe police misconduct and behavior that threaten the safeguard of citizens.

This action brief is one in a series of issue briefs offering concrete solutions to save lives, reduce police brutality, promote equal justice, and build safe, positive relations between police and the people they serve.

Other action briefs cover:

  1. Ban Chokeholds
  2. Duty to Intervene
  3. Ban No-Knock Warrants
  4. Qualified Immunity
  5. Reallocation of Police Funds
  6. Education and Training




Dr. Paul Elam, Chris Andrews, Dr. Warren Dukes, Dr. Jennifer Wyatt Bourgeois, and Bezil Taylor

Suggested Citation:
TSU Center for Justice Research:(2021). Police Reform Action Brief: National Police Misconduct Database. Texas Southern University-Center for Justice Research.