With Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman’s retirement, Mayor Kevin Faulconer is faced with a critical opportunity to build and strengthen the trust between the community and law enforcement for years to come, and it’s critical we get it right.
Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman maintains that SDPD’s approach not to test every rape kit is smarter and more efficient. “You might say we have a professional disagreement,” said City Attorney Mara Elliott, who believes all kits should be tested.
Even after a trial is complete, it’s nearly impossible for members of the public to access body camera footage.
During a recent two-week trial run of new state requirements, San Diego Police and San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies stopped Hispanic and black drivers at a higher rate than their share of the local population. Both agencies discouraged comparing the numbers to local demographics. The data also showed room for improvement with the new system, meant to track and deter racial profiling.
As it deals with an ongoing staffing crisis, the San Diego Police Department is hoping to curb crime by stopping new bars and other establishments that serve alcohol from opening. One Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control official said SDPD has been protesting all new liquor license applications throughout the city.
San Diego is hiring a new police chief, but residents won’t know who is being considered or who is making the decision until after it’s been made.
A San Diego Sheriff’s deputy was fired earlier this year after a series of mistakes, but the county’s Civil Service Commission reinstated him. Sheriff Bill Gore is suing to keep the officer off the force. The case provides a rare look at officer discipline proceedings in a state that keeps such information under lock and key.
Some shelter beds offered by San Diego Police officers are often vacant even despite weeks-long waits to get into other programs. The beds have a built-in Catch 22: Those who need them are often wary of any help being offered by the police.
Amid rising street homelessness, San Diego leaders are increasingly talking about short-term places for homeless people to settle without the threat of being cited by police.
Body camera footage discovered by the city attorney’s office after a homeless man was convicted of an infraction shows a San Diego Police officer gave false testimony multiple times under oath. The city attorney’s office didn’t notify SDPD about the officer until contacted by Voice of San Diego.