From the L.A. County Newsroom.
L.A. County is expanding an innovative program to help people facing mental health emergencies get into treatment, instead of landing in jail.
On January, 12, 2016 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to implement a Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission with the mission to improve public transparency and accountability with respect to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The Commission is comprised of nine members representing the Board, with four members of the Commission recommended by community and other affiliated groups. The cornerstone of the Commission’s work is community engagement and such engagement is encouraged and valued. The Office of the Inspector General and its staff will work closely with the Commission and shall be accountable for investigations.
Commendations or complaints concerning the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be handled by the Office of the Inspector General. To make such a commendation or complaint, please click on the link below.
The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission is authorized by Chapter 3.79 of the Los Angeles County Code. The purpose of the Commission is to improve public transparency and accountability with respect to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, by providing robust opportunities for community engagement, ongoing analysis and oversight of the department's policies, practices, procedures, and advice to the Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff's Department and the public.