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  • Published on June 24, 2016

    The County of Sonoma and its Community and Local Law Enforcement (CALLE) Task Force has been recognized by the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) for the Achievement in Oversight/ Contribution to Oversight Award. The award recognizes the nearly 2 year effort to bring review, transparency, and community engagement to law enforcement activities following the fatal shooting of 13 year old Andy Lopez by a Sheriff’s Deputy in Sonoma County on October 22, 2013.

  • Published on March 2, 2016

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors anticipates the appointment of Jerry Threet as the Director of the newly established Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) at their upcoming March 15, 2016 Board meeting

  • Published on December 4, 2014
    The Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force has scheduled public presentations of draft recommendations starting December 8th. The presentations, which will continue through February, will be made by the Task Force’s three subcommittees…
  • Published on October 29, 2014
    This Saturday, November 1st, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., soccer players from throughout the Sonoma County Community will descend upon Elsie Allen High School to compete for the Roseland Cup Perpetual Trophy with local law enforcement service providers. The Roseland Cup Tournament is about bringing local residents together with their law enforcement service providers in a non-threatening environment for a day of fun and excitement, competition and camaraderie.
  • Published on July 7, 2014
    The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office has completed an independent investigation into the tragic death of Andy Lopez, and has concluded that her office will not file criminal charges against Sheriff’s Deputy Erik Gelhaus.
  • Published on July 7, 2014
    Sonoma County has received a $471,000 grant for the proposed development of a Moorland Avenue park. The California Department of Housing and Community Development announced the award last week through its Housing Related Parks program, which designates grants to counties and cities each year. The County’s Regional Parks and Permit and Resource Management departments jointly applied for the grant in January as the county began studying the potential for a southwest Santa Rosa park where 13-year-old Andy Lopez was fatally shot in 2013. The park project emerged from a community healing discussion led by the Board of Supervisors following the tragedy.
  • Published on April 22, 2014
    The Community Engagement and Healing Subcommittee, part of the County’s Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force, will host its first community meeting this Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:00-8:00 pm at Cook Middle School. The community meeting will launch a series of forums, in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, as an opportunity to continue the conversations in Santa Rosa and throughout the County regarding community and law enforcement relations that began after the Andy Lopez shooting.
  • Published on March 17, 2014
    The Law Enforcement Accountability Subcommittee of the newly created Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force has invited Mr. Brian Buchner, President of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), to provide an informational presentation at their meeting this evening, Monday, March 17th about civilian oversight of law enforcement. This presentation will include information about oversight models and the powers and duties of civilian oversight agencies.
  • Published on January 7, 2014
    The Board of Supervisors completed its appointments to the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force at today’s Board meeting. The Board of Supervisors created the Task Force on December 3, 2013 as one of approximately 20 actions for the County to work with the community in addressing the recent impacts of the shooting and death of Andy Lopez.
  • Published on December 3, 2013
    The Board of Supervisors took action in several areas on Tuesday as a follow up to the strategies presented by the Board, community leaders, and other community members addressing the recent impacts of the shooting and death of Andy Lopez. The Board’s actions followed a presentation by the County Administrator laying out recommendations and direction for moving forward.
  • Published on November 6, 2013
    Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting began with statements of heartfelt condolence and grief over the tragic death of Andy Lopez. Members of the Board, community leaders, and concerned citizens expressed their sorrow, and began a dialogue focused on community healing and the prevention of this type of tragedy in the future.
  • Published on November 4, 2013
    Sonoma County is aware the attorney representing the family of Andy Lopez is filing a lawsuit in Federal Court today seeking unspecified damages. The County has not had a chance to analyze the complaint.
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