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Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force

Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force (en Español)

Presentation to the Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Updated October 14, 2014

On September 8, 2014, the Community Engagement and Healing Subcommittee approved and submitted a letter of concern to Sheriff Steve Freitas. The Community Engagement and Healing Subcommittee received a written response from Sheriff Freitas dated October 3, 2014.

The Community Engagement and Healing Subcommittee chose to initiate a series of forums to encourage dialogue between law enforcement and members of the community. The intent was to offer an informal setting where members of the public would be able to ask questions, air concerns and offer suggestions. The forums were set up approximately in small circles with members of the community. Various central themes and suggestions emerged from these meetings. Read the collected suggestions from each forum below:


The Task Force was created following the tragic shooting death of Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County deputy sheriff to address four important issues necessary for community healing through the convening of 21 representative members of the community and ultimately making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The Task Force has been created for a one year period that will conclude December 31, 2014.


The Task force is charged with:

  1. Reviewing options for a model for an independent citizen review body.
  2. Reviewing and recommending options for community policing to be considered with the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget process.
  3. Reviewing and recommending whether the Office of Coroner should be separately elected from the Office of Sheriff.
  4. Bringing to the Board of Supervisors any additional feedback from the community on these issues that merits County attention by the end of 2014 and discuss staff generated efforts on these issues. These duties are described more completely in the Community and Local Law Enforcement Charter, approved by the Board of Supervisors December 10, 2013.


Task Force Office, (707) 565-2431, Email the Task Force Office



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