Thursday, February 20, 1997

Corrections Organizing Independent Internal Affairs Unit

The California Department of Corrections (CDC) is in the process of forming an independent Internal Affairs unit to investigate allegations of employee misconduct. The process has been underway for about six months at the direction of Youth and Adult Corrections Secretary Joe Sandoval who recently approved the proposed change. The unit is expected to be operational by July 1, 1997.

"We believe this model is consistent with other law enforcement agencies," said Thomas Maddock, Corrections interim Director. "We believe this will improve the quality and increase the credibility of CDC internal investigations."

The Assistant Director/Internal Affairs will report to the Director. Internal Affairs units in other law enforcement organizations report directly to the top leadership of the agency. Recruitment is underway for a person with extensive investigations background to lead the unit.

The current Law Enforcement Liaison unit, commonly referred to as Special Services Unit (SSU), will conduct investigations concerning inmate related issues such as prison gang operations.