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Audit Process
Issues Reviewed During IPA Audit
Timeliness / tolling
  • Was the investigation completed in a timely manner?
  • Was the case properly classified?
Presence/absence of allegations

  • Do the listed allegations adequately capture the concerns voiced by complainant?
  • Were any allegations removed? If so, why?
Presence/absence of supporting documentation

  • If pertinent, did the investigator obtain and review documentation such as:
         – CAD (SJPD Computer Aided Dispatch logs)
         – Medical records
         – Photographs
         – Police reports/citations   
         – Taser downloads
         – Use of force response reports
Presence/absence of interviews
conducted by Internal Affairs

  • Witnesses – what efforts were taken to identify and contact witnesses?
  • Witness officers – what efforts were taken to identify and interview officers who witnessed the incident?
  • Subject officers – what efforts were taken to identify and interview subject officers?
Presence/absence of logical,objective
application of policy
to the facts

  • What is the policy/Duty Manual section that governs the conduct in question?
  • Is this authority applicable to the case or is other authority more pertinent?
  • Does the analysis apply all the factors set forth in the authority to the facts?
    Presence/absence of objective
    weighing of evidence

    • What weight was given to officer testimony? Why?
    • What weight was given to civilian testimony? Why?
    • Does the analysis use a preponderance standard?
    • Does the analysis logically address discrepancies?