Report 2015-130 Recommendation 29 Responses

Report 2015-130: The CalGang Criminal Intelligence System: As the Result of Its Weak Oversight Structure, It Contains Questionable Information That May Violate Individuals' Privacy Rights (Release Date: August 2016)

Recommendation #29 To: Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

Until Sonoma County Sheriff's Office receives further direction from the board, the committee, or Justice, it should address the specific deficiencies we found by reviewing the gangs it has entered into CalGang to ensure the gangs meet reasonable suspicion requirements. It should also begin reviewing the gang members it has entered into CalGang to ensure the existence of proper support for each criterion. It should purge from CalGang any records for gangs or gang members that do not meet the criteria for entry. Individuals who are independent from the ongoing administration and use of CalGang should lead this review. The agency should complete the gang and gang member reviews in phases, with the final phase for gangs to be completed by June 30, 2018, and the final phase for gang members to be completed by June 30, 2019.

6-Month Agency Response

As of December 31, 2016, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office terminated from CalGang as a user and node administrator. All Sheriff's Office records have been purged from CalGang. Although the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office believes that the CalGang database is a valuable and successful tool in combating gang related crimes, we simply cannot continue to provide unlimited resources towards meeting the recommendations and new legal requirements.

  • Response Date: January 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Will Not Implement

As indicated in the Sheriff Office's response, it terminated its use of CalGang.

60-Day Agency Response

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is reviewing all aspects of the recommendation and working with the California Gang Node Advisory Committee (CGNAC) and the CalGang Executive Board (CEB). By the next recommendation update, we hope to have a comprehensive plan.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 6/30/2018
  • Response Date: October 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

All Recommendations in 2015-130

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.