ALCO Reinvestment Coalition hosts conversation about expanded control over Sheriff's Department budget

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(ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif.) The Alameda County Justice Reinvestment Coalition will host an Instagram discussion with Cynthia Nunes of Restore Oakland on the Alameda County Sheriff's budget.

The discussion will be held on the @jrcofac Instagram account, on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. To join the event, click here.

On Wednesday, Dec. 15, Alameda County supervisors Dave Brown and Nate Miley will host a virtual community meeting to potentially establish an oversight board or an inspector general's office. To register for that event, click here.

According to the county, in 2020 the Alameda County Sheriff's Department budget was $112.78 million which makes up roughly 60% of the public protection portion of the county's total $3.61 billion operating budget.

In the fall of 2020, Bay Area voters overwhelmingly approved measures focused on strengthening popular control over law enforcement. Among them was Oakland's S1 measure.

The S1 measure was backed unanimously by the Oakland City Council created an independent Office of the Inspector General and expanded the authority of the Oakland Police Commission and Community Police Review Agency. The latter is in charge of investigating complaints of officer misconduct.

Additionally, the measure requires Oakland's police chief to respond to the commission's requests for information and allows for the City Council to potentially suspend members of the commission for cause.

The Oakland Police Department has long been under scrutiny for unlawful violations of civil liberties and department policy including a 2003 settlement and a more recent scandal involving racists and homophobic language from an account operated by an officer.

It's unclear if voters or the county's board of supervisors will increase popular control over the sheriff's department as it did with the city's department but Thursday's conversation will help develop a plan moving forward.

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