Acting Police Chief Alex Fagan and Office of Citizen Complaints Director Kevin Allen signed a new protocol establishing a clear procedure for the police department to submit documents requested by the OCC. The document was signed at a Police Commission meeting yesterday evening, July 16. The document is the product of a series of meetings between Acting Chief Fagan, Director Allen, Deputy City Attorneys Mariam Morley and Dorji Robert, and staff personnel that began in the fall of 2002.
The document, officially entitled “Protocol Between the Office of Citizen Complaints and the San Francisco Police Department; Re: Responding to Requests for Documents for OCC Investigations,” mandates the timely release of documents to help ensure the timely investigation of citizen complaints. The document constitutes a significant reform in document release procedure.
The document specifically requires that the police department submit documents requested by the OCC within three business days of receipt of the request in “routine” cases, as outlined in the Protocol. The Protocol also outlines procedures in “non-routine” cases, again outlined in the document, and juvenile records requests. The Protocol also establishes that the police department submit quarterly reports to the Police Commission, including the number of OCC requests received, and it provides a mechanism for speedy dispute resolution.
A copy of the Protocol is available from the Public Affairs Office.