As Sheriff, I will ensure that administrative reviews of officer-involved shootings are done on a timely basis as required by our policy manual. Was the shooting within policy? Is additional training required? Could the shooting have been avoided? These questions can’t be answered without the review. An administrative shooting review is critical so the aforementioned questions can be answered, and just as importantly, to show the community that we examine the actions of our deputies with a critical eye to make sure their actions were appropriate. Yet there were four shootings in 2011—two fatal—where no Shooting Review Board until well after the required date, and only after I made an issue of them. Two of the Shooting Review Boards took place over a year after the shooting. This kind of lapse will not occur when I am sheriff.
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