Document the allegation accurately and completely. Take careful, legible notes of what the complainant says, your own follow-up questions, and the answers to these questions. Immediately notify your manager and County Counsel. The County Counsel’s Office will decide if there should be a report to the District Attorney’s Office or other law enforcement agency. If you are unsure whether the allegation involves potential criminal action, contact the County Counsel’s Office for guidance. It is County policy to report suspected criminal conduct to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The District Attorney’s Office will determine whether to conduct a criminal investigation.

County Counsel will coordinate with the District Attorney’s Office when it is appropriate to proceed with the administrative investigation. The administrative investigation will be held in abeyance pending a law enforcement investigation, so your investigation does not hinder the law enforcement investigation. Allowing the law enforcement investigation to proceed without interference will assist you with planning the administrative investigation.