What You Need to Know About California Police Departments' Transparency Legislation
California has some of the strictest police protection of personnel files. These recent laws are an effort to increase public transparency and match the rest of the country. The newest law passed in October, SB 16, focuses on disclosure of files after and investigation.
sustained - the conduct occurred and it was in violation of law or policy
unfounded - the conduct didn't occur
exonerated - conduct occurred, but was in compliance with law
not sustained - we couldn't come to preponderance of evidence
Sustained is the only outcome that is required to be reported on.
Step 1: A complaint is made by either the 1) public, 2) officer self reports, 3) officer’s boss
Step 2: Agenc