Sonoma County plans to appeal a recent state labor board ruling that gutted Measure P, the landmark sheriff’s office oversight initiative overwhelmingly approved by voters in November, officials said Tuesday.
"IOLERO is monitoring this situation closely," Navarro wrote. "If IOLERO receives evidence, whether from a citizen complaint or other source, that indicates there is a conflict of interest and the sheriff's office should not be investigating the numerous sexual assault allegations against Foppoli, IOLERO will investigate the matter."
Director Navarro speaks to KQED regarding April hunger strike at jail.
Four months after Sonoma County voters bolstered the authority and budget of the county's civilian law enforcement watchdog, the office’s director said several of the changes outlined in Measure P—such as the creation of a law enforcement whistleblower hotline and body worn-camera posting program—are underway.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to vastly expand training on implicit bias and crisis intervention, create and adopt an overarching de-escalation policy and launch an investigation into the accuracy of dispatch reports.
Five years after the creation of Sonoma County’s first-ever law enforcement auditor’s office, the Board of Supervisors late Thursday agreed unanimously to place a measure on the November ballot that, if passed, would greatly strengthen the oversight body and increase its funding.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors rejected a request from Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick on Wednesday to hire an outside lawyer for a review of a law enforcement oversight measure that the board added to the November ballot last week.
Pat speaks to Karlene Navarro, IOLERO Director, about IOLERO’s activity, staffing issues, police brutality, the review process, changes being made and what is and is not re-viewable.
Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick appears poised to challenge a ballot measure that would give more powers to the watchdog office that oversees his department.
The Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Oversight, in partnership with the criminal justice department at Sonoma State University, is reviewing use-of-force and de-escalation policies used by county sheriffs across California.
Sonoma County’s law enforcement watchdog is launching two research projects with students and staff at Sonoma State University that will compare the Sheriff’s Office to similar agencies around the state and evaluate some of its policies.
The citizen advisory council tasked with being the bridge between the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the community it serves inducted seven new members Monday, ushering in a flurry of new faces to the 3-year old committee.
An independent, non-police Sonoma County agency hosted a town hall meeting Monday night following the death of a man who was killed by sheriff's deputies who stopped him because they thought they spotted his stolen car, only to discover later that the he was rightfully driving his own Honda.
Several dozen community members gathered here at a county building in Petaluma to discuss the choking death of a Sonoma County man at the hands of a sheriff deputy.
Just as the Sheriff’s Office is facing renewed scrutiny over the Nov. 24 death of a Petaluma man, the community advisory arm of a county law enforcement watchdog held its last meeting with its founding members on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019
IOLERO Director Karlene Navarro was interviewed by KSRO’s Pat Kerrigan on the December 4, 2019 morning show. She discussed the status of IOLERO’s audits and the recent fatal incident involving use of a carotid restraint.
Former local defense attorney Karlene Navarro was officially appointed Tuesday as Sonoma County’s law enforcement auditor.
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