The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian body that oversees certain activities of the Chicago Police Department. The nine members of the Board are private citizens appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.
The Police Board's primary powers and responsibilities are set forth in the Municipal Code of Chicago, and include the following:
- Deciding disciplinary cases involving allegations of police misconduct.
- Holding monthly public meetings that provide an opportunity for all members of the public to present questions and comments to the Board, the Superintendent of Police, and the Chief Administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
- Nominating candidates for the position of Superintendent of Police to the Mayor.
- Adopting the Rules and Regulations for the governance of the Police Department.
Videos on the role of the Police Board in the disciplinary process are available in English and Spanish.
See the 2017 Annual Report for more information on the Police Board.