Report 2021-105 Recommendation 27 Responses
Report 2021-105: Law Enforcement Departments Have Not Adequately Guarded Against Biased Conduct (Release Date: April 2022)
Recommendation #27 To: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
To ensure that it adequately investigates possible biased conduct and implements effective corrective actions, Los Angeles Sheriff should ensure it has implemented
policies or procedures by January 2023 that require that the individuals handling bias-related investigations follow detailed investigative guidelines for identifying biased
conduct and be specifically trained in how to perform these assessments.
Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2023
No update at this time.
- Estimated Completion Date: None
California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending
1-Year Agency Response
Department investigators are provided detailed training and guidelines on how to investigate serious misconduct of all levels within the Department.
- Completion Date: March 2023
- Response Date: May 2023
California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Pending
The department has not provided documentation substantiating that it has provided training or guidelines regarding investigating possibly biased conduct.
- Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation
6-Month Agency Response
There is no change to the status of this recommendation from the previous response.
- Estimated Completion Date: Unknown
- Response Date: October 2022
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
60-Day Agency Response
The Department does recognize the value of examining Bias behavior in policing. However, to date, a clear and exhaustive definition of actions or behavior considered to be bias have not been identified by the state or any other governmental entity. Therefore, independently modifying or establishing realistic policies would be difficult at best at this time.
- Estimated Completion Date: TBD
- Response Date: June 2022
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
Los Angeles Sheriff raises the same objection to this recommendation as it did to our recommendation 24. We disagree that the present lack of a statewide definition of bias prevents it from improving its investigations into biased conduct consistent with our recommendations. We summarize the reasons for our disagreement in our assessment of Los Angeles Sheriff's response to recommendation 24, and describe them more fully in the text of the report.
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.