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officer-involved shootings
(and other incidents of force resulting in serious injury or death)

information and overview 

Officer Involved Shootings and other instances of force resulting in serious injury or death are a significant event for officers and the community. Extensive resources are dedicated to these events to ensure an accurate, thorough, and transparent investigation takes place.  Regardless of the circumstances surrounding such an incident, it is imperative that the event is diligently reviewed and the actions of the officers are thoroughly evaluated.  These incidents weigh heavy on the hearts of officers and are a constant reminder of the challenges of law enforcement.
The Sacramento Police Department is committed to providing high quality training to officers and to use all means possible to deescalate situations and reduce deadly force incidents.   Officers are trained to stabilize dynamic events, provide for the safety of the public, and provide care and compassion to the community they serve.

The department strives to model policies and procedures that implement best practices and reflect the high level of professionalism expected of Sacramento Police Officers.  Additionally, as resources allow, the department will continue to upgrade equipment, develop less lethal options for officers, and research and provide modern training. 

Below are links to further provide data and information about Officer-Involved Shootings.



The following links contain information about the process of investigating Officer-Involved shootings including links to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office and the Office of Public Safety Accountability.


On September 30, 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown approved SB 1421, officially amending Sections 832.7 and 832.8 of the California Penal Code as relating to the release of peace officer records. The focus of SB 1421 was to require release of specified peace officer personnel records in accordance with the California Public Records Act.

SB 1421 updated existing law to require the disclosure of records relating to reports, investigations, or findings relating to any of the following categories of records:

  • An incident involving the discharge of a firearm at a person by a peace officer or custodial officer
  • An incident in which the use of force by a peace officer or custodial officer against a person resulted in death, or in great bodily injury
  • Any record relating to an incident in which a sustained finding was made by any law enforcement agency or oversight agency that a peace officer or custodial officer engaged in sexual assault involving a member of the public
  • Any record relating to an incident in which a sustained finding was made by any law enforcement agency or oversight agency of dishonesty by a peace officer or custodial officer directly relating to the reporting, investigation, or prosecution of a crime, or directly relating to the reporting of, or investigation of misconduct by, another peace officer or custodial officer, including, but not limited to, any sustained finding of perjury, false statements, filing false reports, destruction, falsifying, or concealing of evidence.

SB 1421 also provides direction for the types of records or information which shall not be publicly disclosed as part of any release precipitated by amended language. Such direction is compulsory and requires agencies which employ sworn peace officers or custodial officers to redact records in accordance with the direction provided.

In January of 2019, the Sacramento Police Department began to review for records subject to disclosure based on the criteria outlined in the California Penal Code Sections updated by SB 1421. Our comprehensive review remains ongoing. Our Department has an incredibly robust history, and we have initiated, modified and utilized multiple records management systems, in addition to multiple records storage methods, for the breadth of records newly categorized as subject to public disclosure.

As we continue to gather, review and identify records now subject to public disclosure, we will prepare those records for release accordingly. As custodians of government records that contain a plethora of private and confidential information, the Sacramento Police Department has a duty to thoroughly ensure that confidential or private information of our community members or officers is not inadvertently released.

Policy and Law

State Law and Department Policies relevant to deadly force.


Demographics, force, call type, and officer statistics for the past three (3) years.

Officer-Involved Shooting Events