The Vallejo Police Department is pleased to announce its partnership with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office in launching the Solano County Major Crimes Task Force (SCMCTF), which marks a new Officer-Involved Fatal Incident Protocol – the first of its kind in the State of California. The new protocol requires that all officer-involved fatal incidents be investigated by members of the SCMCTF. The new protocol was signed unanimously by Chiefs of Police throughout the Solano County.
The mission of the task force is to provide independent oversight of criminal investigations into all uses of deadly force by law enforcement in Solano County. The District Attorney will have final oversight into each investigation and will determine if there is any criminal culpability. If an incident occurs in an agency’s respective jurisdiction, it will be recused from the investigation. For example, if there is an officer-involved incident in Vallejo, Vallejo Police Department detectives assigned to the SCMCTF will not participate in the investigatory process.
“Launching independent investigations for officer-involved fatal incidents brings us one step closer to where we need to be as an effective and transparent organization,” Vallejo Chief of Police Shawny Williams stated. “This task force is a major milestone for the community and our department, and I take comfort in knowing that an independent investigation into matters of community concern will be handled impartially.”
The Vallejo Police Department would like to thank Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams along with our local, state, and federal partners for their contributions toward making this new protocol possible.
For more information, please visit the Solano County DA’s website or click here to view the press release. The signed copy of the newly implemented Officer-Involved Fatal Incident Protocol will be posted to the Vallejo Police Department website.
For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer, Brittany K. Jackson by email at VallejoPolicePIO@
cityofvallejo.net. or by phone at (707) 651-7147.