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WVC mayor seeks reforms to police review board

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Mar 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-27 16:52:55-04

WEST VALLEY CITY — The mayor of West Valley City is calling on the city manager to make changes to the review board that oversees the West Valley City Police Department.

Mayor Mike Winder’s letter comes shortly after several recent issues facing the city’s law enforcement have caught public attention, including, several cases that were thrown out due to evidence issues and accusations of a cover-up in the death of Danielle Willard. One of the officers at the center of these controversial incidents recently spoke with Fox 13 to defend himself.

The mayor, along with the rest of the city council, urged City Manager Wayne Pyle to present the council with a report detailing how we would modernize the standards that guide the Professional Standards Review Board.

The letter said in part, “We deeply appreciate the men and women who volunteer to serve on this important board. But trying times to demand that we take a fresh look at how we can help this board be as effective as possible.”

Some of the proposed changes include publicly listing board members’ names, term limits and a requirement to issue quarterly reports.