A La Crosse County committee wants to form a second committee, to study the idea of setting up an oversight group to keep an eye on law enforcement.
The vote Wednesday by the county executive committee calls for the creation of an ad hoc study group, to see if there’s a need for a police oversight panel in the area.
County board chair Monica Kruse defends the idea of finding ways to improve policing.
“This is definitely not anti-police,” said Kruse. “This is to help the police get better.”
The proposal for a study that could lead to an oversight board passed, with just one vote against the idea.
That came from supervisor Andrea Richmond, who argues that local law officers are doing a good job. She says state law calls for La Crosse and other cities to have a police and fire commission.
“How can a civilian oversight board overrule the police and fire commission, if that is the goal of this subcommittee, or ad hoc study committee?” asks Richmond.
Kruse says the study group may decide that an oversight panel isn’t needed.