Report 2021-105 Recommendation 59 Responses
Report 2021-105: Law Enforcement Departments Have Not Adequately Guarded Against Biased Conduct (Release Date: April 2022)
Recommendation #59 To: Stockton Police Department
To proactively identify signs that officers may need additional training or supports to address possible biased behavior, Stockton Police should, by April 2023, adopt a policy and implement procedures that align with best practices for an effective early intervention system. The system should do the following:
- Track and incorporate data at the officer level related to complaints, uses of force, and other indicators as appropriate, and use these data to identify officers who could benefit from early intervention. The system should include analysis of stops data that identifies officers based on indications of possible biased conduct.
- Specify a range of early intervention options—such as trainings, mentoring or other supervisory approaches, mental health services, or reassignment—with guidance about how to apply them to the particular circumstances of each officer's conduct. The system should require prompt interventions that address the identified issues with or patterns in the officers' conduct, including conduct related to bias.
- Require monitoring of the officers who receive intervention to evaluate whether their performance improves or whether additional interventions are needed.
Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2023
The Stockton Police Department is updating its policies through Lexipol, a platform representing nationwide standards and best practices. There will be a new early intervention system policy.
For the past several months, the Professional Standards Section has been in the process of implementing a new program (IAPro/Blue Team/EIPro) that is robust and will incorporate data from several categories, such as officers' use of force, Officer-involved shootings, on-duty vehicle accidents, vehicle pursuits, internal and external complaints, inquiries related to behavioral concerns, etc. IAPro and Blue Team were implemented in August and September 2023. EIPro (Early Intervention) is a system that became operative in October 2023.
This information has thresholds set, and if a police officer passes any threshold, it will alert to review the data to see if early intervention is warranted.
- Estimated Completion Date: December 2024
California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending
We look forward to reviewing Stockton's updated policies and procedures regarding its early intervention system when Stockton submits them.
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