Report 2021-105 Recommendation 30 Responses
Report 2021-105: Law Enforcement Departments Have Not Adequately Guarded Against Biased Conduct (Release Date: April 2022)
Recommendation #30 To: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
To ensure that it accurately reports information about all complaints as required by state law, Los Angeles Sheriff should ensure that it reports to DOJ about all public complaints related to racial or identity profiling, including those that initially appear to be unfounded, and the disposition of those complaints.
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
The Professional Standards Division is responsible for the annual reporting of complaints associated with racial or identity profiling.
The Department is currently revising the Watch Commander Service Complaint form to include allegations of bias or profiling to more efficiently identify those complaints associated with those categories.
In response Assembly Bill 953, the Racial Identity and Profiling Act, the Department has developed the Sheriff's Automated Contact Reporting form which requires that sworn Department members to answer a series of questions regarding their interactions with civilians, based on their perceptions, observations and actions. All data has been reported to the State of California DOJ annually, as required.
- Estimated Completion Date: None at this time
- Response Date: May 2023
California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Pending
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 definition of Bias behavior in policing has been fiercely debated in the past, and 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 an obtainable, realistic, and all-inclusive investigative process and discipline matrix would be difficult at this time.
- Estimated Completion Date: TBD
- Response Date: June 2022
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
Under state law, Los Angeles Sheriff, and other law enforcement departments, are required to report to DOJ about complaints they receive from the public, including those specifically alleging racial and identity profiling. We look forward to reviewing Los Angeles Sheriff's efforts to implement this recommendation and achieve compliance with its responsibilities under state law.
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.