Racial Justice

The “Racial Justice” working group worked to identify strategies and reforms needed to ensure the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office demonstrates fair and equitable practices.  This effort aims to identify internal and external concerns around race and inequity in all policies, practices, and procedures.  Addressing racial disparities within the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office will increase public trust and improve the morale of agency members.  The group has identified external organizations that evaluate racial disparities in policing and will determine the next steps in this process to produce a comprehensive understanding of any biased practices and how to eliminate them.





Reduce police bias via evidence-based practices




TASK 1.1


Draft a plan for improved and collaborative police-community partnership.




TASK 1.2


Align our practices with the broader Alameda County Racial Equity Action Plan.




TASK 1.3


Actively participate in the broader conversations in the community or government bodies regarding police reform and reimagining policing.




TASK 1.4


Identify individual and agency training gaps.




TASK 1.5


Invest in ongoing staff training.




TASK 1.6


Collaborate with the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board to review ACSO’s stop data and civilian complaint data annually.




TASK 1.7


Maintain knowledge of community perception, best practices, and reforms by attending the annual Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) conference.




TASK 1.8


Consult with the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) at John Jay College, NY.




TASK 1.9


Help strengthen the community’s capacity to prevent violence.






Analyze racial disparities in ACSO operations




TASK 2.1


Analyze hiring data for the past 10 years to ensure ACSO hiring practices are fair and equitable.




TASK 2.2


Review recruitment and outreach practice using an equity lens.




TASK 2.3


Analyze promotional data for the past 10 years broken down by race and gender.




TASK 2.4


Review transfer policies and practices agency-wide.




TASK 2.5


Review transfers to Investigations/Specialized Units.




TASK 2.6


Review promotional testing practices.




TASK 2.7


Illustrate past and most current demographic data chart (2012 & 2022) of ACSO and the County of Alameda to show race and gender within the organization to better determine if the agency reflects the communities we serve.




TASK 2.8


Highlight and empower agency members and allow them to share their experiences with new candidates during recruiting.




TASK 2.9


Find innovative ways to attract minorities and women into the agency.






Implement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices




TASK 3.1


Work with the County Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to guide cultural and operational changes.




TASK 3.2


Develop and implement policies and procedures that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while complying with applicable laws and regulations.




TASK 3.3


Acknowledge cultural conflict and swiftly address insensitive behaviors.




TASK 3.4


Review our religious exemption policies.




TASK 3.5


Review our grooming policies through the lens of racial equity.




TASK 3.6


Improve the agency’s diversity by directing recruitment efforts to marginalized communities and include outreach to justice-involved individuals.




TASK 3.7


Use all available resources to actively promote and support diversity, equity, and inclusion and share its progress with the community.




TASK 3.8


Challenge each other to grow in cultural awareness and recognize their individual social status, privilege, and biases.




TASK 3.9


Implement training centered around cultural awareness.




TASK 3.10


Survey agency members about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.






Curtail ACSO cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)




TASK 4.1


Establish a directive to curtail ACSO’s cooperation with ICE in the community and within Santa Rita Jail.




TASK 4.2


Ensure the public is informed of the Sheriff’s directive curtailing the agency’s cooperation with ICE around their enforcement and removal operations within Alameda County.




TASK 4.3


Collaborate with members of ACSO’s Crime Prevention Unit and Law Enforcement Services Division to engage with our immigrant community to understand their needs and concerns.






Study Public Perception of our Agency




TASK 5.1


Identify and contract with a public service consultant to conduct community surveys around the perception of our agency.




TASK 5.2


Establish community dialogue via Town hall discussions with community leaders and local business owners, which will allow their concerns to be heard and give ACSO a more in-depth perspective on the challenges facing them.




TASK 5.3


Work in conjunction with the Accountability and Transparency Working Group to review the citizen complaint process to better understand the root causes of external complaints.




TASK 5.4


Communicate with respect when engaging individuals within the agency and in the community.