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New director of Citizens' Police Complaint Office announced

Posted at 11:34 PM, May 17, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the new director of the Citizens' Police Complaint Office as Indianapolis native, Gina Beaven, on Friday.

As the director, Beaven will oversee the independent office created nearly 30 years ago by city ordinance. The office provides a way for citizens to report improper conduct or procedural violations by an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer.

Prior to her new role, Beaven served as a member of the legal team in the Office of Corporation Counsel, spent three decades as a grassroots civic organizer in Washington, D.C., and served as a passionate community advocate in both Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis.

"Gina Beaven brings a wealth of knowledge and extensive background as a community advocate to the Citizen's Police Complaint Office," Mayor Hogsett said. "I am confident that she will be a voice for the community while also facilitating the impartial investigation that is critical to the oversight of our police department."

Beaven grew up in Indianapolis, where she attended Scecina Memorial High School. She earned her political science degree from Howard University and attended Graduate School U.S.A. for paralegal studies.

Formal complaints are not only reviewed by Beaven but also the Citizens' Police Complaint Board that is made up of nine voting members and three non-voting police officers.

If you would like to learn more about the CPCO and how the process works, click here.

Beaven begins her role as director of CPCO on Tuesday, May 28.