Independent Police Auditor

The Palo Alto Police Department has had an Independent Police Auditor (IPA) since 2006. The IPA is an independent, third-party contractor (currently the OIR Group) who conducts audits of internally-generated investigations, investigations concerning TASER uses, and all citizen complaint investigations to ensure that the Department’s investigations are conducted thoroughly and objectively. You are welcome to review the IPA's contract(PDF, 767KB), including its full scope of services as revised in July 2021(PDF, 367KB) .

After reviewing these administrative reports and any associated police reports and evidence, the IPA generates its own report, which includes recommendations to the Chief of Police regarding further investigation, processes, and dispositions.  That report is provided to the City Council and published as a public document for our community to review.  No other police department in the region has this degree of transparency with their internal investigations.

View Independent Police Auditor Reports

Here are links to every Independent Police Auditor report dating back to the IPA's inception in 2006, in reverse chronological order.