Kern County announcement

UPDATE: Remember the news we shared from Kern County (Calif) in December about the agreement they had reached with the California Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding police reform?

At that time, Kern County agreed to appoint a team to monitor and oversee the terms of the agreement, to assess the County’s progress in implementing and achieving compliance with the agreement; report on the status of implementation to the County, DOJ and the Court; and work with the County and DOJ to address any barriers to compliance.

We are proud to announce that our own Joe Brann and Dr. Angela Wolf will serve as co-Monitors for the Stipulated Judgment, assisted by a team of subject matter experts, where necessary. The agreement between the County and the DOJ includes a five-year plan of corrective actions for the Sheriff’s Office to review policies, principles and procedures related to use of force and canines, investigatory stops or detentions and other areas of concern. Read more here. Brann and Wolf are also currently serving as the Monitors of a federal Settlement Agreement between the USDOJ and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Mr. Brann has served as an appointed Monitor in the past for judgements in the California cities of Riverside and Maywood, and has served as a member of Monitoring teams in Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; and Seattle, Wash. He is one of the early pioneers of the community policing movement. In the 1990s, he was selected by President Clinton as the founding Director for Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in the US DOJ. For more than 20 years, he has been dedicated to helping local law enforcement departments across the country improve their performance and accountability to their communities.

Dr. Wolf has extensive experience bringing together stakeholders — law enforcement, Child Protective Services, courts, elected officials, community members, content experts — to conduct research, collect data, identify issues, build consensus on what reforms are necessary based on those findings, and implement those changes and reforms while holding all stakeholders accountable to success.

Together, Dr. Wolf and Mr. Brann have extensive experience in working with communities and law enforcement agencies to improve organizational performance and managerial accountability and promoting increased transparency through the implementation of contemporary policing practices that are designed to engage the community as an active co-producer of public safety.

We are proud of Joe Brann’s work to make our communities more safe and fair for everyone, and are gratified to see his work continue. We wish Kern County, the Sheriff’s Office and the community the very best and look forward to great results to share.

Read the story in the Bakersfield Californian newspaper