IPRA to hold meetings at 4 satellite offices around Chicago

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CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Independent Police Review Authority has announced that it will be holding meetings at four satellite offices around the city of Chicago.

IPRA representatives will hold meetings each Wednesday, alternating between locations in in East Garfield Park, Auburn Gresham, Uptown, or Grand Boulevard. IPRA investigators will be on hand to accept new complaints and answer questions.

"Accessibility is essential to IPRA's ability to fulfill its mission to accept all allegations of misconduct against officers," said Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley in a press release. "Our hope is that this will enhance the agency's ability to serve the community by being available to take complaints at these additional locations."

IPRA is partnering with the city's Department of Family & Support Services and Saint Sabina Church.

"I think it is important that IPRA be accessible to the community," said Father Pfleger of Saint Sabina. "And having satellite offices in the community, where people don't have to travel downtown, is a great step."

The first Wednesday of each month, the meeting will be held at St. Sabina Church, 1210 W 78th Place from 5 to 7 p.m.

The meeting on the second Wednesday of each month will be held at North Area Center, 845 W. Wilson Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m.

The meeting on the third Wednesday of each month will take place at the Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m.

The meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month at King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove, from 2 to 4 p.m.