Mark Smith was appointed as the Inspector General (IG) of the Los Angeles Police Department in February 2018. He has spent his professional career overseeing and advising law enforcement agencies of varied size and geographic location. Mr. Smith’s initial experiences within the oversight field came as a legal intern and, subsequently, as a full-time Special Investigator with the Los Angeles Police Commission’s Office of Inspector General – the same office to which he has been honored to now return as IG.
Prior to his appointment as LAPD’s Inspector General, Mr. Smith was a Constitutional Policing Advisor with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD). Among other things, he was responsible for advising the Sheriff on issues related to accountability, adherence to best practices, policies, procedures, and operations; providing real-time monitoring, analysis, and advice to LASD investigators and executives on pending personnel investigations and disciplinary matters; and responding to critical incidents including in-custody deaths, deputy-involved shootings, and significant use of force incidents.
Before working with LASD, Mr. Smith was selected to be the first-ever Independent Police Auditor for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), where he developed the Office of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA) from the ground up. OIPA was responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct; reviewing BART Police Department investigations; recommending changes to policy; developing an alternative dispute resolution process for complaints; and engaging in a robust program of community outreach.
Prior to his appointment at BART, Mr. Smith was the First Deputy Chief Administrator of Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA). As First Deputy, Mr. Smith established internal policies to effectively and efficiently allow IPRA to meet its goals and obligations; supervised the day-to-day operations of the office; directed investigations into officer-involved shootings and complaints of excessive force; and represented IPRA at community events and meetings with other law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Smith has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.
Assistant Inspector General Django Sibley
Django Sibley holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Liverpool and a graduate degree from the University of Southern California. In his undergraduate and graduate studies, Mr. Sibley conducted extensive research regarding police-community relations and crime control. Mr. Sibley began his professional career as a police officer in Hull, England, and later worked for the Los Angeles-based Police Assessment Resource Center. Upon joining the Office of the Inspector General in 2004, Mr. Sibley served as a Special Investigator assigned to the Use of Force Section, which oversees the Los Angeles Police Department’s investigation and adjudication of categorical use of force incidents. Mr. Sibley assumed the position of Assistant Inspector General in 2007 and currently heads the Use of Force Section. Mr. Sibley regularly represents the OIG by presenting at national conferences. He also provides training to other law enforcement and law enforcement-oversight professionals, and has been published in professional law enforcement publications.
Assistant Inspector General Florence Yu
Florence Yu was promoted to the role of Assistant Inspector General over the OIG’s Complaint Section after serving in the section as a Police Special Investigator. The OIG’s Complaint Section oversees the Los Angeles Police Department’s investigation and adjudication of internal affairs investigations, and other areas relevant to police discipline. In addition to her oversight duties, Ms. Yu represents the OIG at meetings with the Department, local community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to receive feedback on police-community relations.
Prior to joining the OIG, Ms. Yu was the recipient of an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps fellowship. As a component of her fellowship, Ms. Yu worked as an attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles for the benefit of mostly moderate to low-income, monolingual, API community members. As a direct services attorney, Ms. Yu’s practice area involved housing issues, immigration, and public benefits. Before her entry into government service, Ms. Yu spent a year practicing criminal defense law in New York.
Ms. Yu holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor from the University of California – Hastings College of the Law. She is licensed to practice law in California, New York, and the District of Columbia. Ms. Yu is also a fluent speaker of Cantonese and, according to her wife, speaks Mandarin with the proficiency of a grade-schooler.
Assistant Inspector General Camelia Naguib
Camelia Naguib is the Assistant Inspector General of the OIG’s Audit Section, which conducts performance audits and reviews of LAPD policies and practices. Ms. Naguib joined the OIG in 2012 as a Special Investigator, and has completed assignments in the Use of Force, Special Investigations and Compliance, and Community Relations Sections. Prior to working at the OIG, she served as Deputy Director of the Police Assessment Resource Center, in which capacity she assisted in monitoring the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and worked on a number of research and consulting projects relating to police practices across the nation.
Previously, Ms. Naguib worked as Assistant Program Director at Milestones, a residential reentry program for formerly incarcerated people in San Francisco, and as an education researcher at the UCLA School Management Program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Oberlin College and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.