Sonoma County, CA. USA

FPPC #  1422712 EVELYN CHEATHAM COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT AN EFFECTIVE IOLERO

FPPC #  1422712 EVELYN CHEATHAM COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT AN EFFECTIVE IOLERO

FPPC #  1422712 EVELYN CHEATHAM COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT AN EFFECTIVE IOLEROFPPC #  1422712 EVELYN CHEATHAM COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT AN EFFECTIVE IOLERO

SUPPORT an Independent, Effective IOLERO

Independent, Civilian Oversight of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department

        IOLERO, the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach, was established in 2016 as a result of community outrage after 13-year-old Andy Lopez was gunned down by Deputy Sheriff Gelhaus. Now, in December 2019, David Ward was killed by a chokehold used Deputy Sheriff Blount. Sonoma County needs independent, effective civilian oversight of our Sheriff's Office in order to better protect vulnerable communities including young people, immigrants, homeless people, and people with mental health challenges.

         Best practices in modern law enforcement focus on community-oriented policing and collaborating with civilian oversight. Effective oversight increases transparency and accountability, which increases trust between law enforcement and all communities. IOLERO's effectiveness is currently challenged by inadequate staffing, inadequate budget, inadequate authority, and the Sheriff Office's refusal to grant IOLERO access to all relevant records and information.

The Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO ordinance

Strengthen and Improve IOLERO with the Following Changes:

  • Mandates mutual collaboration with the Sheriff's Office
  • Mandates IOLERO access to Sheriff's investigation/incident reports, evidence, dispatch records, and databases
  • Establishes the clear authority of IOLERO to conduct independent audits and investigations
  • Authorizes independent subpoena power to IOLERO
  • Establishes IOLERO legal authority over investigations into use of force, constitutional violations, sexual assault or harassment, and allegations of bias in policing or incarceration
  • Authorizes an adequate budget of 1% of the Sheriff's budget, allowing for adequate IOLERO staffing
  • Authorizes a 3-year term for the IOLERO director, with removal for cause only by a 4/5 vote of Board of Supervisors 

How to Support the Ordinance