City of Akron hopes to implement citizen review board; police seek funding for dashcams

Published: Jul. 18, 2022 at 7:33 AM EDT
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - In a news conference on Monday, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett addressed their ongoing efforts to be transparent with the community.

Monday marked the first briefing since Horrigan lifted the overnight curfew for downtown Akron. All roads are now back open.

Several announcements were made by Horrigan and Mylett and City Council President Margo Summerville:

  • Plans to implement a citizen review board
  • Efforts to seek state funding for dashboard cameras in police cruisers
  • Press briefing will now occur as needed rather than daily

In addition, Mylett defended his decision to let Akron officers remove name tags from their uniforms.

“Individuals were putting our officers’ names, their homes, their families’ photographs, wedding pictures with the charge of ‘go get em’,” Mylett said.

“And so because of that, and because of the safety of our officers, I authorized them to remove their nameplates temporarily,” he stated. “This isn’t in perpetuity. It’s until I assess, through my federal and local partners, that the threats are no longer credible or no longer exists.”

Akron city officials began the daily briefings July 11 after outlining a goal to provide “timely and consistent safety updates” for the public.

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