Code of the District of Columbia

§ 5–107.03. Establishment of District of Columbia Police Officers Standards and Training Board.

*NOTE: This section includes amendments by emergency legislation that will expire on October 27, 2021. To view the text of this section after the expiration of all emergency and temporary legislation affecting this section, click this link: Permanent Version.*

(a) There is hereby established the Police Officers Standards and Training Board (“Board”).

(b) Membership on the Board shall consist of the following 15 persons who shall be voting members:

(1) The Mayor or the Mayor’s designee;

(2) Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department or the Chief of Police’s designee;

(2A) Executive Director of the Office of Police Complaints or the Executive Director's designee;

(3) The Attorney General for the District of Columbia or the Attorney General's designee;

(4) United States Attorney for the District of Columbia or the United States Attorney’s designee;

(5) Assistant Director in Charge, Washington Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Assistant Director’s designee;

(6) Representative of the District of Columbia Superior Court appointed by the Mayor in consultation with the Chief Judge of the Superior Court;

(7) One criminal justice educator appointed by the Mayor;

(8) One police representative appointed by the certified collective bargaining agent, and one police representative appointed by the Mayor in consultation with the Chief of Police; and

(9) Five community representatives appointed by the Mayor, one each with expertise in the following areas:

(A) Oversight of law enforcement;

(B) Juvenile justice reform;

(C) Criminal defense;

(D) Gender-based violence or LGBTQ social services, policy, or advocacy; and

(E) Violence prevention or intervention.

(b-1) The Mayor, in consultation with the Chief of Police, shall appoint one Metropolitan Police Department Reserve Corps representative as an advisory, nonvoting member of the Board.

(c) The following persons may be advisory, nonvoting members of the Board:

(1) The Executive Director, Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions; and

(2) The Director, Division of Training and Standards, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice.

(d) The appointments to the Board shall be for a 3-year term.

(e) No member shall serve beyond the time when he or she holds the office or employment by reason of which he or she was initially eligible for appointment and any member chosen to fill a vacancy created otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be appointed for the unexpired portion of the term of the member whom he or she succeeds.

(f) The members shall receive no salary but members shall be reimbursed for their expenses lawfully incurred in the performance of their official functions.

(g) Members appointed to the Board by the Mayor may be removed by the Mayor for incompetence, neglect of duty, or misconduct.

(h) The Chairperson shall be appointed by the Mayor from among the voting members of the Board and the vice chair shall be elected from among the voting members.

(i) The Board shall hold its initial meeting by September 1, 2020. Thereafter, the Board shall meet a minimum of twice each calendar year and at other times as it or the Board’s Chairperson may determine. The majority of the voting members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, the performance of duties or for the exercise of any of its authority. Advisory members shall be entitled to participate in the business and deliberation of the Board, but shall not be entitled to vote. The Board shall establish its own procedures and requirements with respect to the place and conduct of its meetings.


(Oct. 4, 2000, D.C. Law 13-160, § 204, 47 DCR 4619; Sept. 30, 2004, D.C. Law 15-194, § 302(a), 51 DCR 9406; July 29, 2021, D.C. Act 24-128, § 111(b), 68 DCR 007656.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 15-194, in the section heading and subsec. (a), substituted “District of Columbia Police Officers Standards and Training Board” for “District of Columbia Police Training and Standards Board”; rewrote par. (8) of subsec. (b); added subsec. (b-1); in subsec. (c), substituted “Commissions” for “Commission” in par. (1), and rewrote par. (2).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 111(b) of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-128, July 29, 2021, 68 DCR 007656).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 111(b) of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-76, May 3, 2021, 68 DCR 004935).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 111(b) of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-437, Oct. 28, 2020, 67 DCR 12993).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 111(b) 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 § 111(b) of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-151, Dec. 3, 2020, 67 DCR 9920).