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Coeur d'Alene Police accepting applications for Use of Force Review Board

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The death of Arfee the dog has caused the Coeur d'Alene Police to form a Use of Force Review Board The death of Arfee the dog has caused the Coeur d'Alene Police to form a Use of Force Review Board
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

It was only a few days after the shooting death of Arfee the dog that the Coeur d'Alene Police Department received more than 10 death threats.

On July 9, while investigating the call of a suspicious vehicle on Sherman and 9th in the parking lot behind Java, Officer David Kelley shot and killed a young black lab while it was inside its owner's van. The incident caused a divide between the police department and the community that still lingers today, but the police department is hoping to fix that.

On Nov. 14, Chief of Police Lee White announced the department would now be accepting applications through Dec. 22 for local residents to be on the Use of Force Review Board.

"A vast majority of people understand that this is a necessary component to make sure there is a greater level of trust between the community and the police department and this is one more step to get us there," says White.

White says community members won't simply sit on a board for the sake of appearances, but will have an in-depth involvement in excessive force investigations.

"Citizens that are assigned to the board will be just like department members that are assigned to the board," says White. "They are going to be given all the materials in their entirety and be allowed to review the case, just as I would, just as the Chief of Police."

Two civilians will serve on the board at one time, and rotations will ensure a large number of locals have their chance to be on the board. They will meet with law enforcement personnel every four months, and before serving must undergo training just like police officers.

Participants will receiving information on basic law enforcement training, case law, what is considered excessive force, police policies and procedures. White says the training is necessary for locals to make informed decisions when it comes to investigations.

"This is something that's commonly done across the nation," says White. "I think it gives a greater level of transparency and accountability and public input into the way the police departments operate."

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