Sheriff’s monitor report coming
LANCASTER — The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Community Advisory Committee’s sworn personnel will present the Antelope Valley Monitoring Team’s six-month report at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the community room of the gymnasium at Stephen Sorensen Park.
In April 2015 the U.S. Department of Justice and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department agreed to policing reforms and settlement of police-related fair housing claims in the Antelope Valley.
The Justice Department announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with the sheriff’s department that will support wide-ranging reforms in the Lancaster and Palmdale sheriff’s stations. The Justice Department and the county agreed to enter into a court-enforceable settlement agreement that will require reforms to the sheriff’s department’s data collection, training and accountability systems to improve the quality and effectiveness of deputies’ interactions with Antelope Valley residents and reduce bias in its practices.
Under the settlement agreement, the sheriff’s department agreed to implement comprehensive reforms to ensure lawful policing and restore public trust. An independent monitoring team oversees the reforms, which the sheriff’s department intends to implement by next year.
That includes meas
ures to strengthen civilian involvement and feedback in setting policing priorities; public information programs to keep civilians informed of policing activities; requirements for community interaction at all levels of LASD; and establishing community advisory entities to ensure that meaningful feedback is obtained from the community.
On the Lancaster Station CAC committee, Lake Los Angeles is represented by Manuel Magaña. Attending the prior Days of Dialogue meetings throughout the Antelope Valley for LLA are Magaña and Shirley Harriman.
The sheriff ’s department has been conducting community engagement meetings throughout the
This is not a Lake Los Angeles Rural Town Council presentation, but rather one by the sheriff’s department as part of the Settlement Agreement. The council is the facilitator only.
The publication dated October 2018 by the Office of Inspector General, County of Los Angeles, “Reform and Oversight Efforts: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department” is available for reading at the LLA Library.
To read the reports online, go to: http://www. lasheriff.org/s2/page_ render.aspx.
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