December 5, 2022
In an effort to establish a governed system of accountability and recognition, the City of North Miami is introducing an investigative board, which will evaluate complaints and commendations regarding the conduct of local law enforcement.
The North Miami Citizens Investigative Board (CIB) was created in July 2020 by the city council to provide its residents with an unbiased, independent forum, where their complaints and accolades, pertaining to the actions of sworn members of the North Miami Police Department, can be evaluated.
“We are proud of the efforts made during and after the pandemic to create an important oversight mechanism,” Vice Mayor Dr. Alix Desulme said. “The City recognizes the significance of such a body being able to work alongside our police department to open lines of communication between officers and the people they serve even further.”
The city has appointed Dr. Philip Harris, D.B.A., Executive Director of CIB to oversee the department.
“We, as a department, are following standardized procedures set forth by the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), a non-profit organization that brings together individuals and agencies working to establish or improve oversight of police officers on a national level,” said Harris. “We are also planning to implement successful best practices of citizens’ oversight board operations.”
The seven-member Citizens Investigative Board currently has five members, appointed by the mayor and city council to reflect the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the City of North Miami. The CIB includes the following individuals.
- Randy Grice
- Rabbi Jory Lang
- Kevin Seifried
- Andre Pierre
- Pierre Frantz Charles
The public is welcomed to attend upcoming CIB meetings. They will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Joe Celestine Center, 1525 NW 135th Street, North Miami, FL 33167 on the following dates:
- Tuesday, December 6
- Wednesday, December 7
- Monday, December 12
- Monday, December 19
Recruitment to the two-year board terms is ongoing. Anyone interested in serving on the board can visit Northmiamifl.gov/CIB to fill out an application.
For more information about the City of North Miami’s Citizens Investigative Board and details on its public meetings, visit Northmiamifl.gov/CIB, call 305-768-9983 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM or visit the CIB Office at 12000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 205, North Miami, FL 33181.
Traci Y. Pollock, Communications Manager
305-893-6511, Ext. 12151
About the City of North Miami
North Miami is a suburban city located in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida. It is roughly 10 miles (16 km) north of Miami. The city lies on Biscayne Bay which surrounds the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University. North Miami is home to a diverse demographic of residents. With more than 64,000 residents, North Miami is the sixth largest city in Miami-Dade County. We are home to the Oleta River State Park; the largest urban park in the Florida State Park System and the nationally accredited Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA North Miami).