The current goals of the Office of the Inspector General are delineated as follows:
Law Enforcement Authority
Amend Chapter 944.31 to give the Secretary authority to designate inspectors within the Office of the Inspector General as sworn law enforcement officers. Would streamline the department's criminal investigations by not having to rely on outside law enforcement agencies, particularly in the area of making arrests. Would increase the professionalism and perception of objectivity of DC investigations by having all law enforcement certified staff.
Approximately 90 inspectors would require cross-over training from correctional officer to law enforcement officer certification.
Improve Investigative Process
Revise the format and process for conducting investigations to add the following enhancements:
Case summary which clearly provides the evidence to either substantiate or unsubstantiate the allegation(s).
Specifically list the rule, procedure or statute which pertains to the alleged violation.
Provide for legal review of all cases prior to final disposition.
Reduce the turnaround time for final dispositions of cases by requiring set time frames for each part of the process.
Adopt format proposed by Chief Inspector General's office to ensure consistency among agencies.
Increase use of polygraphs or voice stress analyzer technology.
Use Of Force Review
Establish a unit in the Central Office for the review of all use of force actions. Utilize stop frame technology and computer reproduction in reviewing videos.
Develop a data base for use of force, to include an "early warning system" for officers involved in eight or more use of force actions in 18 months or less.
Safety and Risk Management
Bring institutional safety officers under the direction of the department's safety administrator, with dual supervision by wardens.
Revise safety manual to place all safety, risk, and environmental policies under the cognizance of one safety program.
Reduce workers compensation claims via enhanced oversight by facility safety officers. Measure progress based on dollar reductions per facility.
Revise review standards whereby only standards included in procedure manual checklists are audited.
Centralize operational review teams within the Inspector General's Office. This will eliminate reliance on otherwise-occupied field staff and increase the objectivity of the review process.
Coordinate the ACA audit process with operational review to eliminate duplication.