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 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. To read the full scope of services of the IPA, click here.
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.
To view all of the IPA public reports dating back 14 years, as well as contact information for the IPA, visit our website here.