Walter Katz, a Los Angeles attorney whose work as a police watchdog has gained him a foothold in the national police accountability movement, is San Jose's new independent police auditor.
Katz, currently the Los Angeles County deputy inspector general overseeing reforms in that county's beleaguered Sheriff's Department, aims to modernize and widen the reach of the police complaint process while engendering the trust of the very officers who will be subject to those grievances. If it sounds like an arduous tightrope walk, Katz knows it.
"When people trust that the process is fair, the legitimacy of law enforcement is enhanced," said Katz, who begins work in San Jose on Jan. 5. "I am deeply honored and privileged to lead the office of the Independent Police Auditor. I'm ready to get to work."
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