Senate Bill 1421 effective January 1, 2019, requires certain peace officer or custodial officer personnel records and records relating to specific incidents, complaints, and investigations to be made available for public inspection pursuant to the California Public Records Act. The records subject to disclosure are limited to certain specified records of 1) an incident involving the discharge of a firearm at a person by a peace officer or custodial officer, 2) an incident in which the use of force by a peace officer or custodial officer against a person resulted in death or great bodily injury, 3) an incident in which a sustained finding was made by any law enforcement agency or oversight agency that a peace officer or custodial officer engaged in sexual assault involving a member of the public, and 4) an incident in which a sustained finding was made by any law enforcement agency or oversight agency of dishonesty by a peace officer or custodial officer directly relating to the reporting, investigation, or prosecution of a crime, or directly relating to the reporting of, or investigation of misconduct by, another peace officer or custodial officer, including, but not limited to, any sustained finding of perjury, false statements, filing false reports, destruction, falsifying, or concealing of evidence.
SB 1421 contains definitions and parameters for the types of records subject to disclosure and the information to be redacted from records prior to disclosure.
It is important to note that the City complies with State law for disclosure of police personnel records. The City does not set the rules regarding what records can or cannot be disclosed - the State does. SB 1421, which the City is fully complying with, amended State law to allow more records to be released, thus the information on this page.
The City of Fullerton has received a number of public records requests for records disclosable under the provisions of SB 1421 and has been identifying, reviewing, and appropriately redacting responsive records. These responsive records will be posted to this webpage as they are ready for disclosure. Please click here for a chart showing the status of all requested SB 1421 records. As of September 3, 2020, the City has completed 26 requested productions; 12 productions are partially completed (for example, all documents posted but video/audio files are still undergoing redaction); and 3 files are on hold. The files on hold are pending review; and two are pending completion of criminal trials. 27 records were requested that are not eligible for disclosure under SB 1421.