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Special Counsel to Board of Supervisors

(Monitor of Sheriff's Department)

This site includes semiannual reports of Special Counsel Merrick Bobb and staff discussing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD). These reports are prepared at the direction of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors pursuant to its appointment of special counsel to conduct ongoing monitoring and critical review of the LASD's performance. Concerns about police misconduct and its high cost to the County, both in terms of frayed community relationships and the financial burden to taxpayers, led to the Kolts Report and the decision of the supervisors to order full implementation of the Kolts recommendations.

When the Kolts Report was published, there was criticism that the report had not recommended a civilian review board which would take over the LASD's power to investigate and discipline police misconduct. Unwilling to take so far-reaching a step, but wishing to respond to a need for active, ongoing monitoring and oversight, the supervisors, with the concurrence of the sheriff, created a continuing role for special counsel. Rather than disbanding the Kolts staff, the supervisors requested that special counsel retain such staff as was feasible, and the Board set aside an annual budget to defray the expenses of special counsel and staff incurred in monitoring the LASD and preparing the semiannual reports. At the Board's direction, special counsel disseminates data about the LASD and comments on its significance. At the request of the Board and the sheriff, special counsel has also participated in the formulation and implementation of risk and liability management strategies with the LASD.

Twenty-ninth Semiannual Report, July 2010

Twenty-eighth Semiannual Report, October 2009

Twenty-seventh Semiannual Report, August 2009

Twenty-sixth Semiannual Report, February 2009

Twenty-fifth Semiannual Report, July 2008

Twenty-fourth Semiannual Report, December 2007

Twenty-third Semiannual Report, April 2007

Twenty-second Semiannual Report, August 2006

Twenty-first Semiannual Report, March 2006

Twentieth Semiannual Report, August 2005

Nineteenth Semiannual Report, February 2005

Eighteenth Semiannual Report, August 2004

Seventeenth Semiannual Report, November 2003

Sixteenth Semiannual Report, February 2003

Fifteenth Semiannual Report, July 2002

Fourteenth Semiannual Report, October 2001

Special Report Kevin Evans

Thirteenth Semiannual Report, December 2000

Twelfth Semiannual Report, June 2000

Eleventh Semiannual Report, October 1999

Tenth Semiannual Report, February 1999

Ninth Semiannual Report, June 1998

Eighth Semiannual Report, October 1997

Seventh Semiannual Report, April 1997

Sixth Semiannual Report, September 1996

Fifth Semiannual Report, February 1996

Fourth Semiannual Report, June 1995

Third Semiannual Report, December 1994

Second Semiannual Report, April 1994

First Semiannual Report, October 1993


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