Report 2021-105 Recommendation 57 Responses
Report 2021-105: Law Enforcement Departments Have Not Adequately Guarded Against Biased Conduct (Release Date: April 2022)
Recommendation #57 To: Stockton Police Department
To better assess whether peace officer applicants have the ability to work with diverse members of their communities and whether they possess detectable disqualifying biases, by no later than October 2022 Stockton Police should should begin using documented procedures that adhere to best practices to identify and review applicants' public social media profiles for content indicative of disqualifying biases, such as hate group affiliation.
Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2023
The Department has provided training to background investigators on how to use open-source internet and applications such as Accurint to identify and review applicants' social media accounts. Additionally, outside background investigators have the same requirement to search for social media accounts that show indications of disqualifying biases and hate group affiliations.
- Completion Date: January 2023
California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending
Stockton PD does not yet have a documented procedure for identifying and reviewing applicants' public social media profiles for content indicative of disqualifying biases, such as hate group affiliation.
- Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.