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

PROCESS

When an officer deploys lethal force in the course of their duties, or uses force which results in a serious injury or death, an extensive and thorough investigation takes place. The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide and Internal Affairs Units respond to the scene to conduct an investigation.  Oversight is provided to these units by investigators from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the City of Sacramento’s Office of Public Safety Accountability.  

Once the investigation is completed by SPD, it is forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office which reviews the case to determine if the officer(s) actions were lawful.  After the District Attorney’s investigation and review, a written report is issued which details factual and legal findings.  This report is made available to the public. If it is found that the officer(s) actions were unlawful, the District Attorney will make the determination on how the case will proceed.  The District Attorney’s Office provides detailed information about Police Use of Force on its webpage which includes their written protocol, frequently asked questions and reports by date of incident.  See the below links: 

The Sacramento Police Department conducts a Preliminary Review for any incident wherein in an officer discharges their firearm at another person. This is an initial, high-level review of the incident to evaluate our organizational performance in any significant event.

Once the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has completed any potential investigation into the incident, the Sacramento Police Department conducts a Final Policy Review. This review determines whether the actions of our employee(s) are in compliance with department policy.