Boards and Commissions
Independent Police Oversight Board (IPOB)
Overview: The Independent Police Oversight Board (IPOB) are volunteer members of the community appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council to review internal police investigations of possible misconduct by employees of the Houston Police Department.
Mission: To provide a system of increased accountability, transparency and to facilitate resident input into the internal investigative and disciplinary process of the Houston Police Department. Panels rotate on a weekly basis to review all cases assigned during that period.
On May 15, 2011, by enactment of the Mayor’s Executive Order 1-5, the IPOB was created. The City of Houston Executive Order 1-5 Revised, Dated June 25, 2018, and November 9, 2021.
Scope of Work
- 5.1 The Board, acting through its designated panels, may review all Class I and Class II internal investigations, and shall review internal investigations of possible misconduct by employees of the Houston Police Department that involve any of the following:
- 5.1.1 Use of force.
- 5.1.2 Discharge of firearms; and
- 5.1.3 Serious bodily injury or death.
- To review and make recommendations to the Chief of Police and the Mayor regarding the hiring of new police officers, training on proper treatment of citizens, evaluation of officer conduct and community concerns relating to police misconduct.
- Report findings to the Chief of Police and the Mayor.
- To monitor community concerns regarding the Department and report any issues to the Chief of Police.
The Chair of the Independent Police Oversight Board, Stephen Ives, was appointed April 29, 2021. He currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Houston YMCA. Over the past 30 plus years, Steve’s passion has been to help communities grow and thrive through programs and services at the YMCA. Steve currently has the pleasure of working alongside a strong board and many cause-driven leaders that serve more than 177,000 families across our many locations in the Greater Houston Area. Steve is a proud father, husband and community leader who enjoys outdoor activities, long-distance running, biking, and live music.
As the IPOB Chair, Steve reviews all cases received by the internal affairs Department at HPD along with the Deputy Inspector General for the Office of Policing Reform and Accountability, to determine which cases should be reviewed by IPOB. He also sits on the ADC panel along with the panel chairs.
The Independent Police Oversight Board currently consist of nineteen (19) members of the community that resided in the Houston-Woodlands-Sugarland Metropolitan area. The board is divided into 4 panels of 5 members each along with the Panel Chair. The panel is diverse and with varied expertise and experience. Members include but not limited to retired judges and prosecutors, civil rights attorneys and academic experts or scholars. The Board Chair and a Panel Chair from each panel shall sit on the Administration Disciplinary Committee (ADC) an internal committee currently responsible for reviewing investigations containing sustained allegations and making a disciplinary recommendation to the Chief of Police.
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ADMINISTRATION DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
The Administration Disciplinary Committee (ADC) reviews all Class I cases and all cases that have a sustained cite(s) with a division recommendation on discipline that falls in a Category C or above. • If a case is reviewed by IPOB and there is a sustained cite in the investigation, then the case will be reviewed a second time by the ADC for a discipline recommendation to the Chief of Police.
IPOB CASE REVIEW
IPOB review cases that involve allegations of excessive force, discharge of firearms, serious bodily injury or death, and all other Class I internal investigations, as well as Class II investigations involving mistreatment of citizens. Pursuant to Article VI, Section 7a, of the City Charter of the City of Houston, Executive Order 1-5, IPOB may review any and all internal investigations, and shall review internal investigations of possible misconduct by employees of HPD that involve any of the following:
- Use of Force
- Discharge of firearms; and/or
- Serious bodily injury or death
The cases are assigned to one of the four panels on a weekly basis and the panel has fourteen days to complete the review. Upon completion of the review, they can make recommendations on disciplinary actions, recruitment, training, and evaluation of police officers; and to consider community concerns regarding the Department.
How to Apply
If you wish to apply to serve on the Independent Police Oversight Board, please follow the link to the Boards and Commission website.
Please refer to Executive Order 1-5 to review the qualifications to serve on the IPOB board prior to submitting your application. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Boards & Commissions at (832) 393-0817, or the Office of Policing Reform & Accountability at (832) 393-6772 or COH_Policing_Reform@houstontx.gov.