By Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2020

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Hartford City Council has passed a series of police reforms, including a new inspector general who will investigate complaints against city officers.

The Hartford Courant reports the council voted Monday to update the city’s Civilian Police Review Board.

The watchdog panel, which reviews misconduct cases, will work with the new inspector general.

Under another major change, the board now will investigate complaints against officers at the same time as the police department’s Internal Affairs Division, the Courant reported. The city’s police chief will consider findings from both in making disciplinary decisions.

The civilian review board’s findings previously had no impact on an officer’s final discipline, according to the Courant. The change is expected to take effect March 31.

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