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Office of Police Complaints Hosts Australian Expert on Police Accountability

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Office of Police Complaints Hosts Australian Expert on Police Accountability

Information exchanged on successful strategies to handle citizen complaints

(Washington, DC)  – The District of Columbia’s Office of Police Complaints (OPC) recently hosted Dr. Tim Prenzler, an internationally knowledgeable expert on police accountability and law enforcement. 

Dr. Prenzler is a chief investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) and a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.  At CEPS, he manages the Integrity Systems Project, which focuses on advancing integrity in policing.

The executive director of OPC, Philip K. Eure, met with Dr. Prenzler on April 22, 2013.  During the session, Mr. Eure described the agency’s investigative, adjudicative, and mediation functions.   He also discussed OPC’s work related to issuing policy recommendations, conducting community outreach, and monitoring public protests.

Dr. Prenzler’s research and writings have, among other things, examined the policies and practices of a variety of police oversight agencies in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada, as well as the United States.  As a result, during the meeting, Dr. Prenzler provided welcome input with observations about some of those agencies’ practices he has studied that are relevant – and could possibly be useful – to OPC.

“It was a pleasure to meet with Dr. Prenzler,” said Mr. Eure.  “He brought a unique international perspective that helped to open our eyes to the use of different strategies to improve public confidence in both police oversight and law enforcement.”

For more information about the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, visit www.ceps.edu.au. To learn more about the District’s Office of Police Complaints, visit www.policecomplaints.dc.gov.