L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Will Release More Online Data

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has long expressed support for greater transparency within the department. Now, the newly-elected sheriff is putting his money where his mouth is.

McDonnell said the department will soon disclose data on use of force, officer-involved shootings, civilian complaints, and discipline efforts online. The information is expected to be made available within the next six months.

McDonnell’s move follows a recent report from the department’s new inspector general, Max Huntsman. The report criticized the department for sluggishness in releasing such data and recommended that it be posted online for all to see.

“Any member of the community should be able to look it up and find out what’s going on,” Huntsman said. “If they can get real numbers immediately, instead of waiting for a report to come out in the press, they’ll have a chance to see the full picture.”

McDonnell has said he agrees with increased public disclosure, so long as it doesn’t provide information pertaining to specific officers.

Read more about Huntsman’s report here.