DeWarren K. Langley, graduate of the NCCU School of Law Class of 2011, was elected Vice Chair of the Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) during its regular meeting on August 24, 2011, and as Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for the City of Durham during its regular meeting on August 29, 2011.
The Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) hears appeals of complaints submitted by citizens 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.
Langley says, “it is with humility and honor to serve as Vice Chair of the CPRB. Police officers make a tremendous sacrifice to ensure the safety of our community. As a member of this Board, I will continue to fairly and impartially review appeals of complains, listen attentively to the claims of citizens and work with other Board members to write a recommendation to the City Manager in each case based on well-reasoned evaluations of allegations.”
As Vice Chair, Langley, in collaboration with the Chair provides leadership to the CPRB with fulfilling its duties, serves in the absence of the Chair, assist with completing an Annual Report to the City Manager and performs other duties as assigned by the Chair.
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.
Board members are required to complete the Durham Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy, sixteen hours in a patrol car ride-along program and a comprehensive training program administered by the Police Attorney’s office. Members are compensated at a per meeting rate of $25, paid semi-annually and receive complimentary parking in a designated City of Durham parking lot for each meeting attended.
Langley was first appointed on October 27, 2009 and reappointed on August 29, 2011 by Durham City Manager Thomas Bonfield. His current term expires June 30, 2014.
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC ) works to enhance housing quality and affordability for the citizens of Durham by advising the Durham City Council and the Board of County Commissioners on housing and community development needs. Additionally, the CAC evaluates applications and makes annual recommendations to the Durham City Council and the Durham Board of County Commissioners concerning the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds to sub-recipients. The CAC also provides an initial evaluation, and ranks and recommends applications pertaining to the Continuum of Care Grant Program and other homeless initiatives to the Homeless Services Advisory Committee.
As Chair, Langley, in collaboration with the Vice Chair, provides leadership to the CAC in fulfilling its duties, ensures the CAC functions efficiently and effectively, develops the agenda with the staff of the Department of Community Development, presides over all meetings, serves as a liaison between the staff of the Department of Community Development and CAC members, sends regular updates to interested citizens about community development activities, and submits an annual report to the Durham City Council and Board of County Commissioners.
Langley noted, “As Chair, I will work to ensure citizens have an active role in community development by inviting neighborhood associations to present to the CAC, sending quarterly reports to the Durham City Council and Board of County Commissioners regarding citizens’ concerns, ideas and input on community development, and regularly touring community development projects in target areas. The engagement of and leadership from neighborhood residents is imperative for the sustainability of community development projects.”
Langley was first appointed to the CAC on September 4, 2007 and reappointed on June 16, 2008 and August 1, 2011, respectfully. His current term expires June 30, 2014.