Walter Katz served as the Police Auditor for the City of San Jose, California. Prior to that he was a Deputy Inspector General for the County of Los Angeles Office of Inspector General following his work as an attorney with the Office of Independent Review.
Walter has been active in NACOLE, serving on first on the Strategic Planning Committee and currently on the Training, Education and Standards Committee. He has participated on panels at the NACOLE annual conference on jail oversight (2012) and effective communications with law enforcement agencies (2016). He has also organized and moderated panels on investigating police shootings of unarmed persons (2013) and using open data for accountability (2015). This past spring he conducted a workshop on open data and accountability at the NACOLE regional training seminar in Oakland and is a regular contributor to exploring the critical issue of bias in policing on panels presented both by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Mr. Katz has written about police accountability in the Harvard Law Review and The New York Times and has given his insights in The Atlantic, on public radio and other news outlets. This past July he was invited by the 20/20 Leaders of America to participate in a discussion moderated by Touré at the DNC in Philadelphia about race and policing. Prior to his work in civilian oversight of law enforcement, he served a deputy public defender in Southern California for seventeen years.