Following a series of deadly force encounters in Summer 2005, the
San Diego County Sheriff's Department sought an independent assessment
of its use of force practices.
The Office of Independent Review was selected to
conduct the audit based on several factors including its reputation as a
fair and impartial reviewing body in Los Angeles County, and the
experience of its staff. Members of the Office of Independent
Review include former prosecutors, some with civil rights
The Office of Independent Review undertook a
comprehensive examination of hundreds of actual force incidents
involving department members. Careful attention was given to the
application of force, training, documentation, and accountability for
the use of force.
At the conclusion of its examination, the Office of Independent Review issued
a final report making 35 recommendations.
The links above provide access to copies of an
Executive Summary as well as the full report. A separate document
contains the list of recommendations followed by the Sheriff's
Department's response to those recommendations.
Questions about the Use of Force Review may be
directed to the San Diego Sheriff's Public Affairs Division at (858) 974-2259 or
More information about the Office of Independent
Review can be found at www.laoir.com.