Use of Force Review Board

Washington, DC

Total public members:                 13          

Method of Appointment:              Nominated by the Mayor, Confirmed by Council

Length of Appointment:              3 years

Residency:                                    Community members must be DC Residents



The Commission shall review uses of force as set forth by the Metropolitan Police Department in its written directives.


  • The Executive Director of the Office of Police Complaints, or their designee.
  • Seven (7) MPD members appointed by the Chief of Police who hold the rank of inspector or above, or the civilian equivalent.
  • Three (3) civilian members appointed by Mayor, pursuant to section 2(e) of the Confirmation Act of 1978.
    • One member who has personally experienced the use of force by a law enforcement officer;
    • One member of the District of Columbia bar in good standing; and
    • One District resident community member.
  • Two civilian members appointed by the Council with the following qualifications and no current or prior affiliation with law enforcement, including being employed by a law enforcement agency or law enforcement union:
    • One member with subject matter expertise in criminal justice policy; and
    • One member with subject matter expertise in law enforcement oversight and the use of force.

* Civilian members are prohibited from having current or prior law enforcement experience. 


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