We believe in honoring and recognizing our diversity and we believe in making every effort to not only acknowledge challenges in our community but working together to build one another up and move ever forward, together.
Here at the Livermore Police Department, we wanted to take a moment to provide additional information on the questions we're receiving.
We have received many inquiries from the Livermore community about our police department’s policies. We’ve examined our policies and feel they directly align with the spirit of what is being asked for in the recommendations from police reform organizations such as Campaign Zero and 8cantwait.org, but there are nuances in verbiage. For example, this is how our policies compare to the 8cantwait.org recommendations:
For these reasons, we feel our policies align with the recommendations being advocated for. The Livermore Police Department recognizes and respects the value of all human life and dignity without prejudice to anyone. Vesting officers with the authority to use reasonable force and to protect the public welfare requires monitoring, evaluation and a careful balancing of all interests.
We hear you, and we know there may continue to be questions about what our policies are, which is why we have this page now dedicated to covering these topics in further detail.
This is a living web page, and we will add more to it in the coming days. For now, at your convenience, you can view our policies that ensure all members of our community remain safe.
We will continue to dialogue and engage with the community on our policies, and we will continue to work to move forward with intention with our community.
Transparency and trust in our community with regards to how we protect and serve you is top of mind for us – we understand that the more we are able to open our doors to you on all levels, the more we can connect, communicate, and work together. The information provided here is a compilation of information you may find in other areas of our website, including our annual report, our policies, and more.
Before becoming an officer, new recruits are required to attend and successfully graduate from California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified police academy.
Academy students train eight hours a day, five days a week for six months. This equates to a total of 1,046 hours of training in various topics including, but not limited to:
For more information on specific classes and the actual textbooks academy students study, visit the California POST website.
After successfully completing the police academy, new officers begin work at the Livermore Police Department (LPD), starting in the Field Training Officer (FTO) Program. LPD’s Field Training and Evaluation program is a 20-week intensive on-the-job training program. New officers receive daily performance evaluations and are required to meet specific performance standards before being certified for solo patrol duty. The training is conducted by field training officers (FTO), an FTO Sergeant, and an FTO Lieutenant.
Once an officer receives solo patrol status, they join the remainder of LPD officers in the many ongoing trainings conducted annually. California’s POST requires officers receive training in certain topics in order to maintain certification. For example, California police officers receive Tactical Communication and De-escalation training every two years. In an effort to go above the State standard, LPD officers receive ongoing and regular training in Tactical Communication and De-escalation. We accomplish this by incorporating these topics into many other regular LPD trainings such as, Reality Based Scenario training, On-Duty Scenario training, Range training, Defensive Tactics training, and Crisis Intervention Techniques training, and De-escalation training. All of our trainers are certified and considered experts in their field.
All LPD officers are certified in Crisis Intervention Techniques that specifically address how officers are to interact and communicate with individuals who are in mental crisis or suffer from a mental disorder. Additionally, all LPD officers are trained in recognizing implicit bias and preventing racial profiling. LPD conducts multiple scenario-based trainings throughout the year that test an officer’s ability to de-escalate a situation and make good critical decisions.
Here are just a few of the training topics LPD officers receive on a regular basis:
The Livermore Police Department is proud of the officer training program it has instituted, especially as the Department trains above the State requirements.
The Livermore Police Department has a rigorous accountability procedure that aligns with the department’s mission, vision, and values. Here are just a few examples of how LPD ensures a culture of accountability, building trust between the police and the community.
Use of Force Review
Every use of force by an officer in our department, by policy, has to be reported and documented in a police report and a supervisor has to be notified at the time of the incident. The review of a reported of use of force is a multi-layered process. Each use of force is reviewed up the chain of command and a determination is made whether or not the use of force was within Livermore Police Department policy and lawful.
The use of force review is then forwarded to the Professional Standards Unit. The Professional Standards Unit is an extension of the Office of the Chief of Police and reports directly to the Chief. Once the reports reach the Professional Standards Unit, the entire report with all conclusions are examined to ensure it was lawful and within department policy.
The Professional Standards Unit also examines the use of force for training opportunities as well as ways to improve. This information is shared with our department’s Training Division for future training development.
Vehicle Pursuit Review
The Livermore Police Department also conducts vehicle pursuit reviews of all vehicle pursuits. Our vehicle pursuit review is identical to our use of force review. Every vehicle pursuit is reviewed up the chain of command and a determination is made whether or not the vehicle pursuit was within Livermore Police Department policy and lawful.
The Professional Standards Unit also examines all vehicle pursuits for training opportunities as well as ways to improve. This information is shared with our department’s Training Division for future training development.
Critical Incident Review
The Livermore Police Department has had a Critical Incident Review policy in existence for some time. The policy outlines the incidents that are required to be reviewed and establishes review timelines and a required reporting format.
These reviews are used to identify opportunities for the department to make improvements with regards to policy, training, tactics and response.
Body Camera Audits
In an effort to perform quality and assurance checks on our employees, supervisors conduct regular audits of an Officer’s body camera footage. The supervisor will randomly select a recorded incident and evaluate whether the Officer performed according to LPD policy and the standards we have set as an agency. Additionally, the supervisors review the body camera for training opportunities and areas of improvement, if any.
Internal Affairs Investigations
The Livermore Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit to receives allegations of misconduct from the members of the public in a professional and courteous manner. If the agency believes there might be misconduct or a policy violation by an officer, the agency will initiate an internal affairs investigation.
All allegations are investigated, and a finding is made at the conclusion of the investigation. Internal affairs investigations may make one of the following findings, refer to dispositions:
In 2019, LPD had ten Internal Affairs Investigations (IAs) that investigated sixteen allegations of policy violations. Six of the IAs were the result of personnel complaints made by members of the public and four of the IAs were the result of internally-generated investigations. In certain circumstances, the citizen made more than one allegation in their complaint. Each allegation receives a disposition. Out of the sixteen allegations, seven received a disposition of exonerated, six were determined to be unfounded, and three were found to be sustained.
In 2019, the Livermore Police Department had a total of 67,144 calls for service. When comparing complaints by the members of public to the number of calls for service, a citizen complained 0.008% of the time.
In 2019, the Livermore Police Department made 3,531 arrests. When comparing complaints by the members of public to the number of arrests made, a person who was subjected to arrest complained 0.16% of the time.
On a regular basis, the Professional Standards Unit Sergeant meets with the Chief of Police and shares the data collected from internal affairs investigations, use of force incidents, vehicle pursuits, vehicle collisions involving city vehicles, instances of an employee losing or damaging city property, and training.
Annual Review and Analysis
Annually, the Professional Standards Unit Sergeant completes a review and analysis of the data collected from internal affairs investigations, use of force incidents, vehicle pursuits, vehicle collisions involving city vehicles, instances of an employee losing or damaging city property, training, and fair and impartial policing data. This information is shared with the Chief of Police, Command Staff and Training Unit.
The Livermore Police Department completes a yearly review of policy to ensure they are current.
The Livermore Police Department (LPD) has a long-standing policy requiring officers to intercede and stop unacceptable behavior of another officer. These policies enforce LPD’s Mission, Values, and Vision and ensures our officers are providing the best service to the community.
LPD’s policy prohibiting bias-based policing provides guidance to officers in support of LPD’s commitment to fair and objective policing. It prohibits bias-based policing and directs officers to intercede to prevent any biased-based actions by another member of the department.
LPD’s use of force policy also requires officers to intercede when observing another officer using force that is clearly beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstance. If the officer fails to intervene, they are subject to discipline.
Additionally, LPD conducts regular reality-based scenario trainings where officers are intentionally tested to recognize their duty to intercede when actions of another officer are outside of policy.
LPD is proud of our policies and training program that emphasize the importance of an officer’s duty to intercede. Our officers recognize the trust that has been placed upon them to uphold the high standards of conduct that the community expects and the department demands.
We Value Our Relationship with You!
The Livermore Police Department (LPD) recognizes the importance of strong police-community relations. We focus on maximizing open communication and transparency with community members to identify their needs and concerns. We seek to truly understand community issues and their causes. Collaborating with our community, we develop and participate in many special public outreach programs. We take great pride in these programs as they have proven to be wonderful mediums to enhance our level of service to the great people of Livermore.
Please enjoy an overview of several of these formal programs:
We at the Livermore Police Department believe in partnering with our community to promote collaborative problem solving and enhance relationships and overall quality of life. We believe the police-community partnership is stronger than ever because of our continued collaborative efforts.
Our efforts to creatively engage the Livermore community allow us to remain in line with the mission, vision and values of the Livermore Police Department.
Some people think police officers use force on a regular basis. When it comes to the Livermore Police Department, this is simply not true. The ultimate objective of every law enforcement encounter is to avoid or minimize injury. In 2019, the Livermore Police Department (LPD) had 67,144 police contacts, which included all calls for service and officer-initiated activity. When comparing the number of police contacts with use of force, LPD officers used force only 0.07% of the time. In those rare cases when force was used, 69% of those incidents involved subjects who were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
The Livermore Police Department’s policy is clear and consistent with the law. LPD officers are only allowed to use the amount of force that reasonably appears necessary given the facts and totality of the circumstances. In accordance with LPD policy, our officers are also trained to intervene and report if they observe another officer using force that is unreasonable.
The Livermore Police Department relies on the Lexipol policy platform to host our policy manual and to provide daily training bulletins. Lexipol is the leading nationwide platform for comprehensive public safety and local government agency policy development. Using this platform ensures that staff have the most up to date resources and best practices to carry out their duties and ensure public safety. LPD ensures that our personnel are consistently exposed to policy and are tested on various aspects of it each day they are at work. Lexipol is the leading platform for comprehensive public safety and local government agency policy development, to ensure our staff have the most up to date resources to carry out their duties and ensure public safety. Lexipol’s group of attorneys develop evidence-based policies. The Livermore Police Department reviews and updates the policy manual annually, with additional updates made as needed throughout the year.
LPD’s use of force policy does not allow chokeholds or strangleholds. On June 5, 2020, the Livermore Police Department removed the carotid restraint technique from our policy (Use of Force Policy). For information on the 8CantWait campaign, refer to the At a Glance section.
All LPD officers wear assigned body cameras. They are required to activate their body cameras for all calls for service (Portable Audio/Video Recorders Policy). This allows for our agency to properly examine use of force applications and develop trainings to better prepare officers to deal with certain encounters. Again, our officers can only use the amount of force that is reasonably necessary given the facts and totality of the circumstances. Please refer to the following force options policies for further information:
The Livermore Police Department’s training division is committed to providing the highest quality education and training for employees, consistent with best practices, policy, and the law. LPD takes pride in being on the cutting edge of a wide range of training in how to de-escalate situations and reduce use of force. LPD officers also complete training in case law, legal authority, and legal standing.
The heart of LPD’s training program starts with the value and sanctity of human life. The Livermore Police Department has a robust de-escalation training program that is intertwined throughout department policy. LPD officers are trained to use a critical decision-making model when responding to critical incidents. LPD officers have been trained in Crisis Intervention Techniques where they enhance their communication skills and their skills in de-escalating situations involving individuals suffering from mental crisis or a mental disorder.
The Livermore Police Department has a Force Options Unit that is comprised of 22 instructors who hold state certification in their area of expertise. The level of training LPD officers receive is among the best in the state. The training program includes classroom training, static movement training, and reality-based scenario training. The success of the training program is evident as our officers have successfully de-escalate situations and find peaceful solutions.
As is described in the Accountability section, every use of force by an officer in our agency, by policy, must be documented in a police report and a supervisor must be notified at the time of the incident. Each use of force incident is reviewed up the chain of command and a determination is made as to whether the use of force was lawful and within Livermore Police Department policy.
The use of force review is then forwarded to the Professional Standards Unit where the entire report with all conclusions is examined to ensure that the use of force was reasonable, lawful, and within department policy. The Professional Standards Unit also examines the use of force for training opportunities and collaborates with the LPD Training Division for future training development.
In 2006, the Livermore Police Department introduced a law enforcement Early Warning and Intervention System (EWIS). An EWIS is a personnel management tool that is designed to identify potential individual or group concerns at the earliest possible opportunity, allowing the department to proactively prevent harmful behaviors by employees before they happen. We proactively incorporated this platform which supports frontline documentation, supervisory oversight, and organizational accountability. Our organization sets high expectations of our employees. The EWIS tracks data from certain performance activities of our officer such as:
Once the EWIS database is “triggered” by specific behavior or performance of an officer, a supervisor reviews all the officer’s activities and productivity and meets one-on-one with the officer. At the conclusion of the meeting, the supervisor completes a EWIS review and forwards it through the chain of command for notification and additional review. The EWIS allows supervisors and command staff to compare data between individual officers, different units, and watch teams at any time.
The Livermore Police Department subscribes to the notion that an organization is only as good as the personnel that are part of it. EWIS helps ensure LPD officers continue to provide quality service in line with the department’s <mission, vision, and values.> By tracking these evidence-based indicators, the platform serves as a tool for early identification and intervention with the overall goal of re-directing performance and behaviors toward LPD’s organizational goals.
We are proud of EWIS as it allows us to identifying behavior and actions which may not be in-line with our overarching goal to provide quality service through best practices and proactive approaches.
The Livermore Police Department is proud to have a recruiting team comprised of both sworn and civilian staff who collaborate with the Human Resources Department. Our recruiters are committed to connecting with qualified individuals who have a desire to serve the Livermore community. The goal of our recruiting team is to exceed the level of excellence in our police organization, today and into the future. Our recruiting team proactively seeks suitable applicants through various avenues. Some of our recruiting efforts include:
Applications to work for the Livermore Police Department are screened through the City of Livermore’s Human Resource Division. Applicants are required to pass a California Peace Officer and Standards (POST) written exam and physical exam, depending on the position for which they are applying.
Applicants meeting the required qualifications set forth by California POST and the City of Livermore will be invited to an Oral Board interview. The Oral Board interview consists of a panel of two police officers and one local community member who ask a series of questions designed to evaluate the applicant’s suitability for the position. The panel evaluates the applicant’s ability to communicate, their level of preparation, and decision making. If the applicant receives a passing score from the oral board panel, they are placed on an eligibility list. Those having desirable qualifications and test scores will be asked to complete a POST Personal History Statement, which is then provided to LPD’s Background Investigation Unit for review.
The Livermore Police Department’s Background Investigation Unit is committed to providing the Livermore community with the highest quality of police department employees. Our goal is to employ a work force comprised of individuals who are committed to excellence and who have the highest standard of ethics.
The background investigation includes an extensive look into the applicant’s:
The background investigator interviews:
It is imperative that all information an applicant provides is truthful and accurate. Any measurement short of this does not meet the Livermore Police Department’s standards and is grounds for disqualification.
As part of the background investigation, the applicant is required to submit to a drug test and polygraph examination. The polygraph examination is another valuable tool used to verify an applicant’s truthfulness through the process.
At the conclusion of the background investigation process, the applicant may be invited to an interview with the Chief of Police. This is a formal job interview, after which the applicant may receive a conditional job offer. A conditional offer of employment is contingent upon the applicant successfully passing a psychological examination with a State certified psychologist. Psychologists used during the hiring process specialize in the screening of law enforcement candidates. The psychological exam consists of a written exam and a lengthy interview designed to identify any biases or behavior patterns that are considered problematic for the profession. After the exam and interview, the psychologist makes a professional determination about whether the applicant is psychologically suitable for law enforcement.
After the psychological exam and interview, applicant is required to complete a medical screening with a medical doctor.
The Livermore Police Department’s hiring process is an extremely challenging and extensive process. The process allows for only the most qualified candidates to succeed.
The background investigation and screening process used and endorsed by POST is very rigorous. Only about 5-10% of law enforcement applicants are successfully hired into the profession.
We at the Livermore Police Department believe hiring standards should remain strict to respect the power and discretion that comes with all jobs in our organization. We are proud of the process and the quality of law enforcement officers we have working at LPD.
Each year, the Livermore Police Department reports our Part I crimes to the Department of Justice (DOJ). After submitting this report to the DOJ, it usually takes several months for the report to be published.
To maintain the highest level of transparency, we are providing the report to our community at the same time we submitted it to the DOJ. View the 2020 UCR for Part I Crimes.