Investigative Report

Internal Affairs Report

Location:

San Diego, California, USA

Subject of Investigation:

Steven Spoelstra

Report Date:

August 09, 2007

Report Metadata

Client:

San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Incident Date:

January 20, 2007

Investigator:

Larry Kusler

Investigator Employer:

San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Findings Summary

This investigation essentially revolves around two versions of an arrest report written by Deputy Spoelstra about the same arrest incident, wherein he arrested and booked [REDACTED] charging him with California Penal Code section 647(f), "Drunk in Public." The arrest occurred during pre-dawn hours on Saturday, January 20, 2007. Deputy Spoelstra, a training officer and a corporal, apparently signed and turned in the first report for administrative processing on or about Sunday, January 21, 2007. The report was never approved by a sergeant, as Deputy Ryan, who was at the scene of the arrest, intercepted the report because what was written was not the truth, based upon what he saw at the scene. Among other untruthful aspects of the report, Deputy Spoelstra arrested [REDACTED] inside of his home, not outside as the report indicated — [REDACTED], though drunk, was never in a public place, per Deputy Ryan.

Findings Conclusion

All considered, I conclude that it has been proven, beyond a preponderance of the evidence, if not more clearly and convincingly, that Deputy Spoelstra intentionally, knowingly and dishonestly wrote and submitted false reports, and knowingly and wrongfully arrested and booked [REDACTED] in jail for the crime of "Drunk in Public."

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This report was added on May 10, 2021.

Sustained Findings

When the investigation discloses sufficient evidence to establish that the act occurred and that it constituted misconduct

Conduct

Sheriff's Policy and Procedure Section 2.4 - Unbecoming Conduct; Section 2.41 - Departmental Reports; Section 2.51 - Arrest, Search, and Seizure

You are guilty of Conduct Unbecoming an Officer, as set forth under Section 7.2(m) of Rule VII of the Rules of the Civil Service Commission as it relates to Sheriff's Policy and Procedure Section 2.4- Unbecoming Conduct, Section 2.41 Departmental Reports, Section 2.51 -Arrest, Search, and Seizure in that: You intentionally, knowingly, and dishonestly submitted a false arrest report.

Report Preparation

Sheriff's Policy and Procedure Section 2.30 - Failure to Meet Standards

You are guilty of lnefficiency, as set forth under Section 7.2(b) of Rule VII of the Rules of the Civil Service Commission as it relates to Sheriff's Policy and Procedure Section 2.30 - Failure to Meet Standards in that: You submitted two arrest reports and a probable cause declaration regarding the same incident, which were neither complete or accurate.

Conduct

Sheriff's Policy and Procedure Section 2.46 - Truthfulness

You are guilty of dishonesty as set forth under Section 7.2(d) of Rule VII of the·Rules of the Civil Service Commission as it relates to Sheriff's Policy and Procedure Section 2.46 - Truthfulness, in that: You admitted during your Internal Affairs interview that you made untruthful statements in your arrest report regarding the location of [REDACTED] arrest.

Conduct

San Diego County Sheriff's Department Executive Order; San Diego County Sheriff's Department Mission, Vision, Values and Goals

You are guilty of Acts which are Incompatible with and/or Inimical to the Public Service as set forth under Section 7.2 (s) of Rule VII of the Rules of the Civil Service Commission of the County of San Diego. You are guilty of acts, which are incompatible with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Executive Order and the Mission, Vision, Values and Goals. Your conduct constituting such acts inimical to the public service is that set forth under Causes I through III above.