This post has been updated.
San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne told U-T San Diego last weekend he wanted to hire an independent, outside auditor to review how the department handles officer sexual misconduct complaints.
That was news to San Diego Independent Auditor Eduardo Luna, the guy typically in charge of these sorts of things. He hadn’t heard of Lansdowne’s request until it hit the paper.
“As the city’s independent auditor, I welcome having a role in it if that’s what the City Council and the mayor desires,” Luna said.
The terms of the outside SDPD review will determine the worthiness of the entire exercise. Control over an audit’s scope, findings and follow-through matters significantly to its credibility and capacity to usher in change. Luna’s involvement could be one way to ensure its independence.
Lansdowne, however, appears to be moving in a different direction, though it’s one that has drawn praise elsewhere. Through a spokesman, Lansdowne said the city of Philadelphia’s invitation to the U.S. Department of Justice to review that city’s use of force policies is a model for the kind of examination Lansdowne would like here.