Office of the Inspector General
350 South Figueroa Street, Suite 1002
Los Angeles, CA 90071
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has oversight over the Department’s internal disciplinary process. The Inspector General is Mark P. Smith.
The staff receives copies of every personnel complaint filed, and tracks selected cases along with any resultant litigation. In addition, the OIG audits selected investigations and conducts systemic reviews of the disciplinary system to ensure fairness and equity. Although the Commission, by Charter, does not have the authority to impose discipline, it receives regular reports and can investigate particular cases. In addition to overseeing the Department’s disciplinary process, the Inspector General may undertake special projects as directed by the Board.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is one of the major Christopher Commission reform recommendations. The recommendation was to place a civilian with no connection to the Department in a position to monitor, audit, and oversee the Department’s disciplinary system.
The position of Inspector General is exempt from civil service and reports directly to the Board of Police Commissioners. The receipt and review of citizen complaints of misconduct and oversight of the Department’s internal disciplinary system are also important functions of the Board.
The OIG is available to assist community and police department members with the filing of complaints of police misconduct or otherwise provide information about the investigative process. The OIG can be reached telephonically at (213) 893-6400.