SJ Police Officers Should be Fired for Lying to Internal Affairs: Auditor

By Bob Redell
|  Friday, Apr 18, 2014  |  Updated 4:16 PM PDT
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In her annual report, Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell recommends that police officers be fired if they lie to San Jose Police Department's Internal Affairs. Bob Redell reports

In her annual report, Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell recommends that police officers be fired if they lie to San Jose Police Department's Internal Affairs. Bob Redell reports

In the annual Independent Police Auditor's report for 2013, the author is recommending that the San Jose police department fire officers who lie to Internal Affairs, which is standard in other cities.

Two officers were only suspended when they did that last year, according to the report authored by retired judge LaDoris Cordell, who now audits the San Jose Police Department.

That was just one of the 15 recommendations she had for the department outlined in her report. It was the first time Cordell suggested firing the officers for not telling the truth to IA.

In an interview Friday, she said that overall, however, "the average person reading the report will think (the police department) is doing a good job...when the staff is at the lowest they've ever been."

Still, she noted, there are "areas to improve to build trust between the community and police."

The police department told NBC Bay Area that the chief wants to review the report before making any sort of comment. Cordell planned to deliver a copy on Friday.

Other recommendations include:

  • Revising the training officer handbook to educate officers to better interact with minorities. 
  • Requiring officers to undergo crisis intervention training when dealing with mentally ill suspects. 
  • Restricting ride-alongs after a male officer tooka woman with him ten times late at night.

The report also outlines 28 complaints against officers that were sustained, including two cases where the officers had sex on duty - one was at a school.

Both officers later falsified or lied about what they did, according to the report.

Another complaint outlined in the report detailed how an officer failed to properly document a home burglary or dust for fingerprints. And in another, an officer broke the speed limit, even though it wasn't an emergency.

In addition, the audit found that out of 93 allegations of excessive force by the San Jose police, none were sustained.

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