JACKSON POLICE DEPARTMENT
REASON FOR REVIEW
Penal Code Section 925(a) authorizes the Grand Jury to conduct
inquiries into the operation and management of law enforcement
agencies within the county.
The 1999-2000 Grand jury, as part of its annual review process
used its discretion to revisit the City of Jackson Police
Department. The 1997-1998 Grand Jury Final Report was critical
of the management practices of the department. This review is to
evaluate progress within the department since the publication of the
97-98 report and the city's response to it. Additionally, this
review includes an inspection of grant programs used to support
Past Chief of Police
- Administrative Assistant
- County Sheriff
1997-1998 Amador County Grand Jury Final Report, pages 13-18.
- 1998-1999 Amador County Grand Jury Final Report, page
- Citizen's Option for Public Safety (COPS) Grant.
- Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG).
- Reserve Officers Joint Powers Agreement.
- School Resource Officer Joint Powers Agreement.
- 1998 Jackson Police Department Annual Crime Activity
- James E. Mayle vs. City of Jackson, Chief of Police,
- Mayle vs. City of Jackson, et al, Settlement Agreement.
- Claim number 1202849-000, Mayle vs. City of Jackson.
- Officer employment applications.
- Applications for Chief of Police.
- Departmental training records.
Grants as reviewed are in order.
- The Jackson Police Department continues to conduct
discrimination and sexual harassment training using internal
- Mayle vs. Jackson cost the city $49,500.00, and its
- The Jackson Police Department does not participate in
County Law Enforcement Intelligence Meetings.
Based on persons interviewed, the documents inspected and the
facts presented, the Grand Jury reached the following
The city is managing its grant programs within the parameters of
the grantor's requirements.
- In spite of the $49,500.00 cost to the city in Mayle vs.
Jackson, the Department continues to assume it is capable of
conducting its own training relative to discrimination. In the
city's response to the 97-98 Grand Jury's recommendation that
resources be employed for this purpose it stated, "training
provided in-house is both cost effective and more convenient."
In light of "Mayle," the city should assure the citizens of
Jackson that it is taking the steps necessary to prevent future
incidents of discrimination.
- The 97-98 Grand Jury made several recommendations
regarding the management of the department. One was to cancel
the contract with the past Chief (now a moot issue due to his
retirement at the end of 1999). It was also their opinion that
the city should look for a chief outside the department. Lastly, that the
city should consider contracting for police services with the
Sheriff's Department. Only one of the recommendations, the
hiring of a new Chief, were acted upon. The other two are still
Based on the previous contents of this review, the following are
To avoid becoming isolated and uninformed, management must be
committed to participating in multi-jurisdictional activities,
such as the Monthly Law Enforcement Intelligence Meetings,
conducted by County law enforcement agencies.
- Provide contemporary discrimination training utilizing
external experts and resources, following POST guidelines as a
- Continue to apply for available grants to assist in
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