Office of the Inspector General

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is an independent civilian oversight agency that monitors and audits the Oakland Police Department’s (OPD’s) policies, practices and procedures. The mission of the OIG is to ensure accountability, enhance community trust, and increase transparency via fair and thorough assessments of OPD’s compliance with the law and departmental policies.


The OIG is responsible for monitoring the Oakland Police Department’s (OPD) compliance with policies, procedures, and laws intended to further strengthen the City’s ability to decrease instances of police misconduct. This oversight also includes but is not limited to auditing and reviewing the Community Police Review Agency’s (CPRA) complaint and investigative process, compliance with the City Charter and Municipal Code. The OIG provides reports and recommendations to the Police Commission as the action holder for implementation.

In 2016, residents of the City of Oakland voted to approve Measure LL. This measure established the Oakland Police Commission, which is charged with overseeing the OPD policies and procedures as they relate to constitutional policing, procedural justice, equity, and accountability. Measure LL also established the CPRA, which is tasked with investigating complaints of police misconduct.

In 2020, Measure S1 was passed to amend Measure LL and strengthen Oakland’s police reform efforts. Measure S1 established an independent OIG that reports directly to the Oakland Police Commission. Measure S1 and the Enabling ordinance govern the OIG’s jurisdiction and authority.

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Michelle N. Phillips

Inspector General

Michelle N. Phillips was appointed as the first independent Inspector General for the City of Oakland in January 2022. She has spent her professional career conducting police science research and governmental oversight. In 2004, Ms. Phillips was a correctional officer and used her experience to garner knowledge and a firsthand understanding of the school to prison pipeline. That invaluable experience pivoted her interest into the areas of police technical assistance and research as well as local governmental oversight. She believes those areas are vital in the enforcement and protection of basic civil rights and civil liberties. Prior to her appointment as Oakland’s Inspector General, Ms. Phillips was the Deputy Inspector General of Investigations for the City of Baltimore. Among other things, she was responsible for managing the investigative unit of the office (whose tasks included investigating allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, misconduct, and public corruption). Ms. Phillips assisted in ensuring accountability, transparency, adherence to best practices, policies, procedures, and operations; by managing investigations related to individual allegations of misconduct. In that position, she also oversaw reviews and evaluations of different areas to identify deficiencies, lack of internal controls and areas of risk. The information she derived from investigations, inspections and evaluations would be provided as guidance and recommendations to City officials as ways to improve accountability measures, address identified deficiencies in operations, and mitigate risk. Prior to her promotion as the City of Baltimore’s Deputy Inspector General, Ms. Phillips held the positions of Assistant Inspector General, Special Agent in Charge and Special Agent. Prior to working for the City of Baltimore’s Office of the Inspector General, Ms. Phillips was a Project Associate for the National Police Foundation (now the National Police Institute) where she assisted in the implementation of a nationwide officer-involved shooting database. She also conducted research into community policing in crime hot spots which included social observations of police interactions. She also conducted reviews of police responses to critical incidents which included a mass shooting and a prison riot. Inspector General Phillips holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Coppin State University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, with a specialization in Law and Courts from the University of Baltimore. She is a member of the Association of Inspectors General, a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Inspector General and member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.

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Office of the Inspector General

Map image for Inspector General, located at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, CA 94612
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

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