Aug 07

New OIR Auditor Appointed

The Office of Independent Review (OIR) is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Scharman (Salt Lake City Police, Retired) as Director of Internal Audits effective May 15, 2015. The recommendation to add this position to the OIR was included in recommendations that were put forth in the first quarter 2015 report as quoted below:

See full text of announcement here >>

Click on Pic for full text of appoitment

Click on Pic for full text of appoitment

Aug 06

ACLU mobile app turns the tables on police misconduct

 

 Click the Pix to Read the Full Article on MSNBC

Police in riot gear return to a staging area after lining up to enforce a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Police in riot gear return to a staging area after lining up to enforce a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday’s funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Jul 07

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT Monthly Digest

logo[1]NACOLE-2015-Monthly Digest and News Magazine

Mar 19

Student’s Guide to Police Practice Now Available here

The CCCJC Student’s Guide to Police Practice is now available for download in PDF format.

 Students Guide to Police Practice English Version

Guia del Estudiante Sobre las Practicas Policiales Spanish Version

Jan 22

Fresno Police Auditor Supports Body Cameras

WVoUm_AuSt_8-e1421983583900[1]The following article in the Fresno Bee reports that Fresno police auditor Rick Rasmussen supports body cameras worn by police. Click on the Picture to read the article.

Oct 19

Fresno Mental Health Board has Numerous Openings

How to apply to get on the Mental Health Board for Fresno County
1. Go to Fresno County Mental Health Board website, scroll down to, application to mental health board and the supplemental Form to Accompany the Application and fill out both.
2. Then go the Board of Supervisors office on 2281 Tulare Street (Tulare and ‘M’) third Floor, Room #300 and provide them with your application. After they time stamp your application ask them for a copy.

Currently their  are 9 positions open, that’s unheard of and great!

The following Supervisors have openings:
Debbie Poochigian, two positions;
Judy Case, four positions;
Andreas Borgeas, one position;
Henry Parea, two positions.

Jun 19

An Open Letter to Mayor Ashley Swearengin

Fresno City HallCENTRAL CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

June 19, 2014
Mayor Ashley Swearengin
2600 Fresno St.
Fresno CA 93721

Dear Mayor Swearengin:
The Office of Independent Review (OIR), managed by Rick Rasmussen, has shown via its quarterly reports steady improvements in Fresno Police Department behavior. Improvements include fewer police shots being fired, a reduction in citizen complaints, a reduction in the time it takes for reports to be submitted to the OIR by the Department, and improved sensitivity to the great ethnic makeup of Fresno. The new brochure being distributed by the OIR clearly explains the rights of citizens to have their complaints investigated when they feel they have been mistreated by the Police Department. The statement on the pamphlet says it all: “Enhancing
public trust and strengthening community-police relations.” Additionally, our committee wishes to
acknowledge the efficiency of the OIR’s assistant, Erika Lopez, who is a quick responder to any
questions, speaking engagements or other requests we submit to her.

While we fully support the work being done by Mr. Rasmussen, we are also aware that he could
do an even better job if he had investigative powers similar to those possessed by police
auditors in other communities. We believe that investigative powers for the OIR would further
improve public trust in the Department.
The creation of the OIR was a good first step and is working out well. We look forward to
working with the City to move on to the next level.
Gratefully yours,
Gerry Bill, co-chair
Rebeca Rangel, co-chair
Central California Criminal .Justice Committee
1584 N. Van Ness Ave. Fresno, CA 93728-1941 (559)408-
3320