Report 2015-130 Recommendation 25 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 #25 To: Santa Ana Police Department

Until Santa Ana 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.

Agency Response*

Audit Response - Review of Gangs and Gang Members

I. SAPD hired an employee to carry out the audit recommendations related to the review of gangs and gang members. The employee is now fully integrated and trained in the process and has started the review of criminal street gangs.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Completion Date: August 2017
  • Response Date: August 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response*

I. The Santa Ana Police Department has hired an employee that will be dedicated to implementing the Cal State Auditor's recommendations.

II. SAPD currently has approximately 100 criminal street gangs. The reviewer will begin reviewing all 100 criminal street gangs to ensure their inclusion into CalGang met the reasonable suspicion requirements and have proper documentation to support their inclusion. This process will begin after the training of the non-sworn employee with an estimated completion on or before June 2018.

III. SAPD currently has in excess of 3,000 gang members and/or associates. The reviewer will begin reviewing all of the gang's active participants and ensure proper documentation supports their inclusion. Additionally, the documentation supports the criterion used for CalGang inclusion. This process will begin after item II has been completed with an estimated completion date on or before June 2019.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2019
  • Response Date: March 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


Agency Response*

I. The Santa Ana Police Department has hired an employee that will be dedicated to implementing the Cal State Auditor's recommendations.

II. SAPD currently has approximately 100 criminal street gangs. The reviewer will begin reviewing all 100 criminal street gangs to ensure their inclusion into CalGang met the reasonable suspicion requirements and have proper documentation to support their inclusion. This process will begin after the training of the non-sworn employee with an estimated completion on or before June 2018.

III. SAPD currently has in excess of 3,000 gang members and/or associates. The reviewer will begin reviewing all of the gang's active participants and ensure proper documentation supports their inclusion. Additionally, the documentation supports the criterion used for CalGang inclusion. This process will begin after item II has been completed with an estimated completion date on or before June 2019.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2019
  • Response Date: February 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


Agency Response*

I. The Santa Ana Police Department is currently conducting a testing process to fill a non-sworn position within the Investigations Bureau. The Department will identify and select a non-sworn employee to be trained on CalGang procedures and review protocols. This employee will not be involved in the current administrative or operational CalGang process. The selection/hiring of the employee should occur within six months/on or before the six month review on February 11, 2017.

II. SAPD currently has approximately 100 criminal street gangs. The reviewer will begin reviewing all 100 criminal street gangs to ensure their inclusion into CalGang met the reasonable suspicion requirements and have proper documentation to support their inclusion. This process will begin after the selection, hiring, and training of the non-sworn employee. Start time estimated to be after February 11, 2017 with an estimated completion on or before June 2018.

III. SAPD currently has approximately 4,500 gang members and/or associates. The reviewer will begin reviewing all of the gang's active participants and ensure proper documentation supports their inclusion. Additionally, the documentation supports the criterion used for CalGang inclusion. This process will begin after the selection, hiring, and training of the non-sworn employee. Start time estimated to be February to June 2018 with an estimated completion date on or before June 2019.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2019
  • Response Date: October 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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