Independent Police Auditor

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Robert H. Aaronson
3565 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: 650-565-8800
email

In January of 2003, the City Council created the Independent Police Auditor position. The auditor is charged with providing independent reviews of the citizen complaint process and reviewing and making recommendations regarding Police Department policies and practices.

Specifically, the Independent Police Auditor is responsible for the following:
• Review of Police Department Internal Affairs Investigations
• Review of Officer Involved Shootings
• Review of Police Department Policies and Procedures
• Independent Investigation of Citizen Complaints
• Reports to the City Council
• Being accessible to the Santa Cruz Community

The Public Safety Committee evaluates the activities of the Independent Police Auditor. This committee comprises three councilmembers and it is charged with the review of public safety issues.

Initiating a Citizen's Comment or Complaint
A comment or complaint may be filed if you have comments or concerns about specific Police conduct or actions.  Any aggrieved party, friend, victim, family member or other third party who witnesses an incident thought to merit a comment or complaint can file.  If a comment or complaint is filed, it is forwarded to the Professional Standards Unit and a supervisor will be assigned to conduct a formal investigation. The final investigation is forwarded to the Police Auditor for review. The investigation is reviewed for thoroughness, objectivity and to ensure that the evidence supports the finding. A citizen complaint is separate from any civil or criminal action. Once the investigation is complete, you will be notified of the results.

Comments or complaints about Police conduct or services should be submitted by mail, in person, or by fax to the Police Department using a Santa Cruz Police Department Citizen Comment Form. These forms are available at the Santa Cruz Police Department, the Independent Police Auditor's Office, or the City Clerk's Office.

The Police Auditor is available to meet with members of the public on an appointment basis by calling
650-565-8800. He can also be contacted via City email at: RAaronson@cityofsantacruz.com.