Professional Standards

Captain James Williams
James Williams, Captain

Address
655 East Third Street
San Bernardino, California 92415

Civil Liabilities
Phone: (909) 387-3708

Internal Affairs
Phone: (909) 387-3726

 

The Professional Standards Division is composed of Internal Affairs and Civil Liabilities.  Internal Affairs investigates complaints of employee misconduct and maintains the Sheriff’s Department’s personnel files.  Civil Liabilities works with County Counsel on pending litigation, processes workers compensation claims and responds to subpoenas for Department records.

Sheriff’s Civil Liabilities coordinates with the Department of Risk Management, County Counsel and independent law firms hired to defend the department and its employees in state and federal civil litigation. Civil Liabilities is also responsible for managing all worker compensation issues for the department’s nearly 4,000 employees (sworn staff, professional staff, and volunteer staff). It has four clerical staff members who respond to subpoena requests.

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Issues handled by Civil Liabilities include:

  • Disability retirement
  • Civil litigation
  • Officer involved shootings
  • Use of force incidents
  • Unit involved traffic accidents
  • Public Records Act requests
  • Workers' compensation claims
  • Civil subpoenas for employee appearances
  • Processing and answering subpoenas for records, logs, etc.
  • Other related manners.

The primary responsibilities of the Internal Affairs Division are to investigate complaints of employee misconduct and manage the department’s disciplinary process. The division's goal is to ensure all personnel complaints are investigated comprehensively and objectively, in accordance with department policy and applicable law.

It is vital civilians remain confident in the thoroughness and integrity of the department’s complaint process. Equally important is that department members know they can work productively without the fear of unfounded or exaggerated complaints. All internal investigations are routed through the Internal Affairs Division for review to ensure they meet the Office of the Sheriff's standards.

Internal Affairs investigators respond to calls for assistance on personnel matters from stations and divisions and are available in critical incident situations 24 hours a day. A lieutenant and six sergeants intake complaints from throughout the county, coordinate the employee disciplinary process and act as the department's custodian of records for employee personnel files. The division is also directly responsible for investigating sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and other complex or critical incidents as directed by the Office of the Sheriff.

The Internal Affairs Division operates a temporary duty program designed to assist commanders with supervisor development and provide a variety of training in different courses facilitated by the department. The Internal Affairs Division teaches a block of instruction on conducting administrative investigations and the discipline process for the POST Supervisor’s School, Jail Managers Training, and a Supervisory Development course. Additionally, Internal Affairs Division personnel provide instruction for the Management Workshop, Bureau and station staff meetings, and outside professional groups.

A secretary and three office specialists support the Internal Affairs Division. One of their many duties is to maintain the personnel files of all current and former department employees. Part of this function involves coordinating the review of files by employees, outside investigators, and the courts when Pitchess motions or subpoenas are received. Additionally, they maintain the division’s investigative files, track active complaints, prepare statistical reports, and ensure appropriate records retention.

San Bernardino County
Sheriff’s Department

655 East Third Street
San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

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