Until Sonoma County Sheriff's Office 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.
As of December 31, 2016, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office terminated from CalGang as a user and node administrator. All Sheriff's Office records have been purged from CalGang. Although the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office believes that the CalGang database is a valuable and successful tool in combating gang related crimes, we simply cannot continue to provide unlimited resources towards meeting the recommendations and new legal requirements.
As indicated in the Sheriff Office's response, it terminated its use of CalGang.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is reviewing all aspects of the recommendation and working with the California Gang Node Advisory Committee (CGNAC) and the CalGang Executive Board (CEB). By the next recommendation update, we hope to have a comprehensive plan.
†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.