Apr 16, 2016

In an effort to increase police transparency and accountability, Richmond police Chief Allywn Brown has hired the department’s first non-sworn civilian manager to oversee RPD’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) unit.

In the past, the unit has been managed by a police lieutenant. In another significant move, the OPA unit will be located at City Hall rather than police headquarters, which Chief Brown says will offer residents a more comfortable place to approach the civilian manager regarding complaints about police.

The new manager is Eddie Aubrey, who has extensive experience in law enforcement and law. Aubrey was a police officer for several years in Southern California, went on to become a prosecutor for King County in Washington for 10 years, then became the director of public safety at Tacoma Community College for four years, RPD said.

Afterward, he became director of Office of Independent Review for two years in Fresno, and then served as chief prosecuting attorney in Renton, Wash. for four years. He was also a pro tem judge for a total of 9 years in that county and state.

“As you can see, Mr. Aubrey has the experience and skill-set to head the OPA and we feel very lucky to have him onboard,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.


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  2. Good move for Chief Brown, I think it shows RPD not trying to hide anything from anyone!!

    John Spartan | Apr 19th, 2016
  3. Funny, they must not have done a thorough background check. Look into it Mr Aldax

    Tracie Johnson | May 21st, 2016
  4. Im glad to hear about this change because the police officer that murdered pedie perez for just being drunck scares me because I have children pedies age and he didnt deserve to die for it.You hear all about black lives matter but what about white lives too,what about pedie perez…How can this be…How come the Richmond police dept. didn’t do anything about this?Why do they let this dangerous cop still work our city streets?When I first heard about this on the news and seen the footage of it , it was then taken off right away.Theres been some great covering up going on about this since it first happened.I feel very saddened that this ever happened and even more saddened that nothing was done about it.If our society wants to see a change in police brutality we need to start with bringing justice for Pedie Perez

    Lisa Jawad | Sep 25th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.