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


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 Department also conducts an administrative review to determine if the officer(s) actions were within policy.  This review is attended by the Department’s command staff (which includes lieutenants and above with senior civilian staff), training staff, the Internal Affairs Division; representatives from the Office of Public Safety Accountability, City Risk Management, and the City Attorney’s Office.  This review examines tactics, training, and compliance with policy and procedures.  If, after the administrative review, there are concerns or questions regarding tactics, training, policy or procedures, the incident is referred to Internal Affairs with oversight from the Office of Public Safety Accountability, in order to conduct a formal administrative investigation.