A caregiver at the Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona assists a patient.
SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - State officials have hired a top cop to oversee training and oversight of abuse investigations at California's Department of Developmental Services.
Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley announced Tuesday that Joseph Brann will implement new policies for investigating abuse at the state's five developmental centers, which cares for 1,800 severely disabled people.
The changes are in response to concerns about poor police work related to mistakes in investigating patient deaths.
The department developed rules for training its peace officers as well as reporting and investigation protocols in partnership with Disability Rights California, an advocacy group.
Brann was the former police chief of Hayward and founding director of the Office of Community Oriented Policy Services in the U.S. Department of Justice. He will be paid $50,000 for a one-year contract.
The Associated Press