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Some language or content may be deemed offensive to some readers, viewer discretion is advised. Incidents involving the discharge of a firearm. Penal Code 832.7 (b)(1)(A)(i)
Incident in which the use of force resulted in a death, or in great bodily injury. Penal Code 832.7(b)(1)(A)(ii)
Record relating to sustained findings of sexual assault involving a member of the public. Penal Code 832.7(b)(1)(B)
Record relating to dishonesty related to reporting, investigation, or prosecution of a crime or directly related to misconduct, including, but not limited to, any sustained finding of perjury, false statements, filing false reports, destruction, falsifying, or concealing of evidence. Penal Code 832.7(b)(1)(C)
Nonimmigrant Status Notification Report Pursuant to AB 2027
California Public Records Act (CPRA) Request
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has been diligently working to comply with the amendments to the California Public Record Act arising from the passing of Senate Bill No. 1421 and Assembly Bill No. 748. As a result of the passing of these laws, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is actively engaged in the meticulous review and redaction of tens of thousands of pages of documents, videos and audio recordings, in order to comply with strict privacy, and other laws governing the release of information to the public. This process has required extensive software upgrades, and continues to result in significant demands upon Riverside County Sheriff’s Department staff.
Please be advised that all requested and releasable documents, audio, and/or video will be made available online, in order to best ensure open access to this information by the public. You are encouraged to visit this site often as it will be updated on a rolling basis as additional information becomes available.
The Sheriff’s Department has always felt that any person making a complaint about the Department or its operations is entitled to a response. Communication is vital to good law enforcement services and to develop community cooperation. The Department has a procedure which can be employed by the community to make complaints concerning Department policies, programs and personnel.
You should first contact the Sheriff’s station where the incident occurred. You may also contact the Sheriff’s Professional Standards Bureau to file a complaint.
You have the right to make a complaint against a police officer for any improper police conduct. California Law requires this agency to have a procedure to investigate civilian’s complaints.
You have the right to a written description of this procedure. This agency may find after investigation that there is not enough evidence to warrant action on your complaint. Even if that is the case, you have the right to make the complaint and have it investigated if you believe an officer behaved improperly. Civilian complaints and any reports or findings relating to complaints must be retained by the agency for at least five years.
Department Standards Manual Section 1011.2
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department takes seriously all complaints regarding the service provided by the department and the conduct of its members.
The department will accept and address all complaints of misconduct in accordance with this policy and applicable federal, state and local law, municipal and county rules and the requirements of any collective bargaining agreements.
It is also the policy of this department to ensure that the community can report misconduct without concern for reprisal or retaliation.
Any person can file a complaint. All complaints will receive immediate attention. Complaints may be made to any employee of the Department. Complaints may be received:
- In person
- By telephone
- In writing
- By completing our online Civilian Complaint Report.
All complaints will be forwarded to the Sheriff’s Administration Office. Witnesses of the incident will be contacted. A review of the finding will be made by the Sheriff’s Administrative Staff and final disposition made by the Sheriff. Final disposition will be based upon Departmental policy, program and procedure. The Department considers the investigation and disposition as confidential.
Results of Complaints
Results of all complaints will be made known to the complainant, if known, and to the employee involved.
Complaint Disposition Will Be as Follows
- Unfounded - Did not occur.
- Exonerated - Did occur, but was justified.
- Not Sustained - No clear evidence of proof.
- Sustained - Clear evidence of proof.
Filing a False Complaint
A word of caution is offered concerning persons knowingly making false complaints about peace officers. Civil Code 47.5 (View note below) allows peace officers to bring civil action against a person filing a false complaint.
Note: Section 47.5 Civil Code can be found on the California Law Website Section 47.5 Civil Code (Peace Officers; defamation action against person filing false complaint alleging misconduct, criminal conduct, or incompetence)... a peace officer may bring an action for defamation against an individual who has filed a complaint with that officer’s employing agency alleging misconduct, criminal conduct, or incompetence, if that complaint is false, the complaint was made with knowledge that it was false and that it was made with spite, hatred, or ill will.
Assembly Bill 748
Assembly Bill 748 requires agencies to produce video and audio recordings of “critical incidents,” defined as an incident involving the discharge of a firearm at a person by a peace officer or custodial officer, or an incident in which the use of force by a peace officer or custodial officer against a person resulted in death or great bodily injury, in response to California Public Records Act requests.
Department members have been given direction and expectations to protect themselves from COVID-19 and to help reduce and mitigate the spread. The preservation of an infection- free and healthy workforce is critical to deliver the services we provide to the community. In addition to all the local guidelines in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Sheriff's Department has also authored a Department Directive to reinforce these practices. The Directive reflects the most recent California Department of Public Health (CDPH) orders.
For additional information please visit The Riverside University Health System-Public Health Department or The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has begun to post publicly available policies, procedures, and training materials pursuant to the requirements of Senate Bill 978. Since the election of Sheriff Chad Bianco in late 2018, the department has embarked upon an intricate and wide-ranging review of nearly all polices and many of its procedures. In so doing, the information posted here will be undergoing routine additions and will be periodically updated on this website as we modernize our manuals and best-practices to a degree never undertaken before.Any redactions you may see, which there are relatively few, result only from a genuine need to withhold a procedure, tactical practice, or privacy concern for the safety of department personnel or the public.
Any redactions you may see, which there are relatively few, result only from a genuine need to withhold a procedure, tactical practice, or privacy concern for the safety of department personnel or the public.
- What is the "California Public Records Act? (Gov Code 6252 et seq)
- What is a Public Record?
- Who can make a Public Records Act Request?
- Can a public records request be made anonymously?
- Do I have to specify my reason for making a Public Records Act request?
- Who at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is Responsible for Responding to CPRA Requests?
- Are all public records subject to public disclosure?
- Does a request for records have to be in writing?
- When are records to be made available for inspection?
- If a person wants to inspect or obtain a copy of a public record, but fails to describe a reasonably identifiable record, is CPRA staff required to assist the individual?
- What is the time frame for responding to a request for public records?
- Can the time period to respond be extended?
- What constitutes "unusual circumstances" for extending the time to respond?
- ls the Department required to notify the requesting party in writing of the 14-day extension?
- What if the requested records contain both exempt and nonexempt materials?
- Can a requester have the records disclosed in electronic format?
- ls the Department required to provide a copy of the electronic record in the format requested?
- Can the Department charge a fee for copies of the records being requested?
- Can the Department charge for services in providing copies of records?
- What if the Department says that it has no records responsive to my request?
- How long must the Department maintain records?
- Where can I find the records retention policy?
- On what grounds may a request for public records be denied?
- Does the CPRA contain a list of state laws that expressly exempts information contained in a record from disclosure?
- ls the Department required to respond to a request for public record in writing?