Report 2021-105 Recommendation 55 Responses

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

Recommendation #55 To: Stockton Police Department

To better assess whether peace officer applicants have the ability to work with diverse members of their communities and whether they possess detectable disqualifying biases, by no later than October 2022 Stockton Police should begin conducting standardized interviews of officer applicants that include questions designed to assess their experience working with diverse communities and their ability to do so effectively.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2023

In April 2022, the Department's background investigators began asking and documenting six questions, each based on one of the six mandated interview factors to assess the applicant's ability to work in diverse communities.

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

Stockton provided its interview form and questions, which showed that the department asks questions designed to assess applicants' experience working with diverse communities.

All Recommendations in 2021-105

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.