The OIG is responsible for monitoring the Oakland Police Department’s (OPD) compliance with policies, procedures, and laws intended to further strengthen the City’s ability to decrease instances of police misconduct. This oversight also includes but is not limited to auditing and reviewing the Community Police Review Agency’s (CPRA) complaint and investigative process, compliance with the City Charter and Municipal Code. The OIG provides reports and recommendations to the Police Commission as the action holder for implementation.
In 2016, residents of the City of Oakland voted to approve Measure LL. This measure established the Oakland Police Commission, which is charged with overseeing the OPD policies and procedures as they relate to constitutional policing, procedural justice, equity, and accountability. Measure LL also established the CPRA, which is tasked with investigating complaints of police misconduct.
In 2020, Measure S1 was passed to amend Measure LL and strengthen Oakland’s police reform efforts. Measure S1 established an independent OIG that reports directly to the Oakland Police Commission. Measure S1 and the Enabling ordinance govern the OIG’s jurisdiction and authority.