Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert signed an executive order Friday morning that creates a five member Citizen Complaint Review Board.
Stothert says four of the volunteer board members will come from each of the four police precincts. There will also be an at-large member and an alternate.
"In the overwhelming majority of circumstances, our police officers use good judgement," Stothert says. "When a citizen believes there has been misconduct, this is an opportunity for further review."
Stothert was joined at a Friday morning news conference by Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and Omaha Police Union President John Wells. The mayor stressed the board will operate in an advisory capacity and it will forward any findings directly to the mayor.
"I welcome the review as it extends the public's trust in the police department," Chief Schmaderer said.
Public safety oversight has been a hot issue in Omaha politics for years. Stothert says applications are now available on the City's website and can be picked up at the Mayor's office. Stothert wants to have the board operating by the end of March.