Report 2015-130 Recommendation 23 Responses

Report 2015-130: The CalGang Criminal Intelligence System: As the Result of Its Weak Oversight Structure, It Contains Questionable Information That May Violate Individuals' Privacy Rights (Release Date: August 2016)

Recommendation #23 To: Los Angeles Police Department

Until the Los Angeles Police Department receives further direction from the board, the committee, or Justice, it should address the specific deficiencies we found by reviewing the gangs it has entered into CalGang to ensure the gangs meet reasonable suspicion requirements. It should also begin reviewing the gang members it has entered into CalGang to ensure the existence of proper support for each criterion. It should purge from CalGang any records for gangs or gang members that do not meet the criteria for entry. Individuals who are independent from the ongoing administration and use of CalGang should lead this review. The agency should complete the gang and gang member reviews in phases, with the final phase for gangs to be completed by June 30, 2018, and the final phase for gang members to be completed by June 30, 2019.

1-Year Agency Response

CSAO Recommendation 23 (a): Review gang members that have been entered in to Cal/Gang to ensure the existence of proper support for each criterion;

LAPD Action Taken: In progress. A statistically valid sample of gang members was calculated by Audit Division and submitted to the Node Administrator. The Node Administrator utilized a randomizer to select the gang member entries that were inspected.

Three of LAPD's four geographic bureaus have completed their gang member inspections. The fourth bureau's gang member inspection should be completed within the next quarter.

The Department will conduct a review of the findings and may require additional inspections.

CSAO Recommendation 23 (b): Purge from Cal/Gang any records for gangs or gang members that do not meet the criteria for entry;

LAPD Action Taken: Not yet implemented.

After results of the inspections have been reviewed by the Cal/Gang Node Administrator, any gangs or gang members that do not meet the criteria for inclusion in the database will be removed. The Cal/Gang Node Administrator will complete the removal.

CSAO Recommendation 23 (c): Complete gang and gang member reviews in phases with the final phase for gangs to be completed by June 30, 2018;

LAPD Action Taken: In progress.

CSAO Recommendation 23 (d): The final phase [review] for gang members to be completed by June 30, 2019.

LAPD Action Taken: In progress.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2019
  • Response Date: August 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Pending


6-Month Agency Response

CSAO Recommendation 23 (a): Review gang members that have been entered in to Cal/Gang to ensure the existence of proper support for each criterion;

LAPD Action Taken: In progress. A statistically valid sample size of gang members was calculated by Audit Division and submitted to the Node Administrator. The Node Administrator utilized a randomizer to select the gang member entries that will be inspected. It is anticipated that Bureau inspections will be completed by the end of April 2017. Following the Bureau inspections, the Department will conduct a review of the findings and may require additional inspections.

CSAO Recommendation 23 (b): Purge from Cal/Gang any records for gangs or gang members that do not meet the criteria for entry;

LAPD Action Taken: Not yet implemented.

After results of the inspections have been reviewed by the Cal/Gang Node Administrator, any gangs or gang members that do not meet the criteria for inclusion in the database will be removed. The Cal/Gang Node Administrator will complete the removal.

CSAO Recommendation 23 (c): Complete gang and gang member reviews in phases with the final phase for gangs to be completed by June 30, 2018;

LAPD Action Taken: In progress.

CSAO Recommendation 23 (d): The final phase [review] for gang members to be completed by June 30, 2019.

LAPD Action Taken: In progress.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2019
  • Response Date: February 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

The first inspection is anticipated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016. An inspection matrix was created for this inspection. Once approved by LAPD, the Office of Operations (OO) will be tasked with writing an Operations Order to ensure that Bureau Gang inspection teams conduct inspections. It was determined that a bureau wide, statistically valid sample be utilized for this recommendation and a separate inspection be conducted for juveniles. Results of those inspections will be forwarded to OO and then disseminated to GND.

After results have been reviewed by the Cal/Gang Node Administrator, any gangs or gang members that do not meet the criteria for inclusion in the database will be removed. The Cal/Gang Node Administrator will do removal.

Expanded review and Supervisory responsibilities will be detailed in a revised Special Order related to Special Order No. 15, May 22, 2013, (Cal/Gang System and Gang File Guidelines and Related Subsections). This will include a Department manual update. It is anticipated that the Matrices developed for the inspections will be approved for use at the upcoming bureau meeting in early October 2016.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2018
  • Response Date: October 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


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Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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