Community Oversight of Police Union Contracts

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

This timely document responds to the pressing need to address police union contracts. It written in clear language, with specific steps residents can take.

For several years, city officials, researchers and activists have lamented that police union contracts have been used to shield officers from discipline and created barriers to the timely and thorough investigation of police misconduct complaints…This toolkit includes a list of questions that members of the public can pose to government officials to determine whether a police union contract in their city contains provisions that inhibit investigations of police misconduct complaints or shield officers from discipline.