Detroit Board of Police Commissioners Seek Stakeholders for 2020 Feedback

The Board of Police of Commissioners was created in 1974 by City Charter, which was adopted by the vote of the people. The Charter vests broad supervisory authority over the Police Department in the eleven-member civilian Board of Police Commissioners.

Photo courtesy of the Board of Police of Commissioners


It’s your last chance to voice your opinion this year.

That’s what the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) is telling Detroit residents and stakeholders who have one final opportunity to share their feedback on community policing, the Detroit Police Department, and civilian oversight in 2020, according to the BOPC.

Created by the 1974 City Charter, the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners has supervisory authority and oversight over the Police Department. Under the 2012 Charter, the Board is comprised of 11 civilian members; Detroiters elect seven members by district, and the mayor appoints and the city council confirms four at-large members. All board members serve as unpaid volunteers.

The Board’s survey became part of its commitment to President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the recommendations made in its 2015 report.  

“The 2021 BOPC Feedback continues that commitment and expands the opportunity for the public to participate,” according to BOPC documents. The survey now is available for visitors to the BOPC’s webpage at and on Facebook, as well as to news subscribers.

“Everyone’s voice is important, and the Board appreciates you for sharing your voice through BOPC Feedback 2021,” the BOPC noted.

Similar to in 2020, the Board will present results at one of its regular weekly meetings, as well as publish and post a report at its website,

Share your voice now with the link or QR code here.

The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners meets weekly on Thursday at 3 p.m. on due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Board meeting schedule, video, minutes, and other information, visit the website at

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