Community Oversight Board and Independent Policing Auditor

Submit a Complaint or Commendation

The Arlington County Board established the Community Oversight Board (COB) and the Independent Policing Auditor (IPA) in July 2021 as a measure to enhance transparency, accountability, and trust in the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD). The COB and IPA are tasked with independently reviewing and addressing public grievances against the police department and have the power to investigate these complaints and recommend actions. Complaints and commendations pertaining to law enforcement officers can be submitted online, in-person, by phone, or by email, and can be submitted anonymously.

Complaints are investigated jointly by the Independent Policing Auditor and ACPD's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Both the IPA and OPR produce separate investigative reports to be reviewed by the COB. The COB then publishes a public report assessing the findings and thoroughness of the investigation and can provide disciplinary or police recommendations.


COB Meetings

The COB normally holds its regular meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. The COB will also hold additional training/subcommittee meetings that will occur as necessary, usually on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

*Hybrid meetings allow attendance in person and virtually via Microsoft Teams 

Submit Public Comments for an Upcoming COB Meeting

Background Materials:
Police Practices Group 

In 2019, the County Manager launched a 15 member Police Practices Group (PPG) in July 2020. The PPG divided into four subcommittees to address key issues of importance, one of which was a subcommittee charged with evaluating what type of civilian oversight of its police department Arlington County should implement. The Civilian Review Board (CRB) subcommittee focused on reviewing the different models of civilian oversight available as well as what authority and responsibilities the recommended civilian oversight body should possess. 

PPG Products related to Civilian Review Board

COB Members

The Oversight Board consists of seven voting members and two non-voting members with prior experience in law enforcement. All COB members are residents of Arlington, are appointed by the County Board, and represent Arlington's demographic and socioeconomic diversity. The COB members were appointed on March 22, 2022.


  Name   Email     Term Expiration
  Julie Evans, Chair
  September 30, 2023
  Garry Dean, Vice Chair   March 31, 2026
  David Smith, Member   March 31, 2026
  Anika Montgomery, Member     September 30, 2023      
  Lisa Ortiz, Member     March 31, 2026
  James Miller, Member   March 31, 2026
  Charles McCullough, Member   September 30, 2023


COB Publications
IPA Publications    


Administrative Documents

External Resources

Virginia State Legislation
  • SB 5035, 1st Spec. Sess. (Va. 2020).
  • SB 5055, 1st. Spec. Sess. (Va. 2020).
Materials Related to CRB in Other Jurisdictions
Presentation Materials Provided to PPG Subcommittee on CRB
  • September 10, 2020   Limitations on civilian oversight in Virginia. Stephen A. MacIsaac, Esq. Arlington County Attorney. NOTE:  Mr. MacIsaac’s presentation preceded the passing of Virginia’s civilian oversight enabling statute in Oct. 2020. 
  • September 10, 2020  Overview of how ACPD currently handles disciplinary matters for its police officers.  Captain LaTasha Chamberlain, ACPD, Member of the PPG/ CRB Subcommittee
  • September 17, 2020  Overview of the different models of civilian oversight. Brian Corr, Immediate Past President of NACOLE; (Repeated on October 12 on Facebook)
  • September 17, 2020  Perspectives on Civilian Oversight. Chief Kenton W. Rainey. Chief of the University of Chicago Police Dept. (Repeated on October 12 on Facebook)