Report 2021-105 Recommendation 31 Responses

Report 2021-105: Law Enforcement Departments Have Not Adequately Guarded Against Biased Conduct (Release Date: April 2022)

Recommendation #31 To: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

To improve its ability to effectively investigate allegations of officer misconduct, by April 2023, Los Angeles Sheriff should finish its planned partial implementation of body-worn cameras, and should establish and begin implementing a time frame for equipping officers in each of its custody settings with body-worn cameras.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2023

The Board of Supervisors approved $5.44 million to fund the initial deployment of body-worn cameras into Custody Division (TTCF/IRC Complex Only). The anticipated deployment of the BWCs is expected to begin between April - June 2024. The Department will be requesting funding to complete the entire deployment of BWCs into Custody Division over the next two fiscal years.

The Department completed the deployment of BWCs to all regular patrol stations and most specialized bureaus in December 2021. There are only two remining locations to deploy to (Community Colleges Bureau and County Services Bureau), which we anticipate deployment to begin by the end of 2023.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending

6-Month Agency Response

The pilot project of BWCs in custody has been completed and the Department is recommending moving forward with a deployment plan. Once funding has been identified, a timeline will be established for deployment of BWCs in custody.

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

60-Day Agency Response

The expected timeline for the completion of the current BWC project for patrol remains the same and is dependent on the supply chain for completion. Regarding the pilot project for the deployment of BWCs in Custody Division, the pilot program was completed as of May 30, 2022. The Department is in the process of authoring the assessment of the program which will include the funding and timelines required to establish BWCs in that environment. That report is due to be completed by July/August 2022.

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

All Recommendations in 2021-105

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.