Police departments need civilian oversight. They must be able to prove to the community that they are conducting complex, fair, and transparent Internal Investigations. My office has made great progress in becoming more accountable to the public. I’ve doubled the number of investigators within the unit, and taken steps to ensure complaints are investigated thoroughly and objectively. Further, I support the newly approved Office of Law Enforcement Oversight’s expanded authority to investigate certain complaints, conduct interviews and mediation, impact policy, and implement the best practices within the Sheriff’s Office.  The Office of Law Enforcement Oversight can serve both as a safe space where community members can voice their concerns about issues, and as a place where those issues will be addressed.

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