Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 11B. Police Reform Commission.


§ 5–1161. Police Reform Commission.

*NOTE: This section was created by temporary legislation that will expire on July 16, 2021.*

*NOTE: This section was amended by temporary legislation that will expire on October 27, 2021.*

(a) There is established, supported by the Council's Committee of the Whole, a Police Reform Commission ("Commission") to examine policing practices in the District and provide evidence-based recommendations for reforming and revisioning policing in the District.

(b)(1) The Commission shall be comprised of 20 representatives from among the following entities:

(A) Non-law enforcement District government agencies;

(B) The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia;

(C) Criminal and juvenile justice reform organizations;

(D) Black Lives Matter DC;

(E) Educational institutions;

(F) Parent-led advocacy organizations;

(G) Student- or youth-led advocacy organizations;

(H) Returning citizen organizations;

(I) Victim services organizations;

(J) Social services organizations;

(K) Mental and behavioral health organizations;

(L) Small businesses;

(M) Faith-based organizations; and

(N) Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

(2) The Chairman of the Council shall:

(A) Appoint the Commission representatives no later than July 22, 2020; and

(B) Designate a representative who is not employed by the District government as the Commission's Chairperson.

(c)(1) The Commission shall submit its recommendations in a report to the Mayor and Council by April 30, 2021.

(2) The report required by paragraph (1) of this subsection shall include analyses and recommendations on the following topics:

(A) The role of sworn and special police officers in District schools;

(B) Alternatives to police responses to incidents, such as community-based, behavioral health, or social services co-responders;

(C) Police discipline;

(D) The integration of conflict resolution strategies and restorative justice practices into policing; and

(E) The provisions of the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [D.C. Act 23-336].

(d) The Commission shall sunset upon the delivery of its report or on April 30, 2021, whichever is later.


(Dec. 3, 2020, D.C. Law 23-151, § 122, 67 DCR 9920; Mar. 16, 2021, D.C. Law 23-266, § 2, 68 DCR 001240.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of Police Reform Commission Extension Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-28, Feb. 27, 2021, 68 DCR 002631).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of Police Reform Commission Extension Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-556, Dec. 26, 2020, 68 DCR 00226).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 122 of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-336, July 22, 2020, 67 DCR 9148).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of Police Reform Commission Extension Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-266, Mar. 16, 2021, 68 DCR 001240).

For temporary (225 days) creation of this section, see § 122 of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-151, Dec. 3, 2020, 67 DCR 9920).