In 2014, San Diego jumped from police crisis to police crisis.
At the year’s start, allegations of racial profiling and officer misconduct snowballed into a scandal that pushed out former Chief William Lansdowne and led to a U.S. Department of Justice review of SDPD policies.
A new chief was hired, reforms were promised and a major lawsuit against an ex-officer was settled. The discussion, for the most part, moved on. By year’s end, the big topic became officer salaries and the threat of losing more cops to other agencies.
In 2015, the city appears poised to start paying its cops more – the only question is how much. But the city still hasn’t closed the book on the problems that plagued the department at the beginning of the year. We’re going to talk about them again early in 2015.