There may not be one single explanation for SDPD’s failure to hire enough officers, but there is one reason Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman keeps returning to: scrutiny from the media. It’s an argument she’s made many times – and one for which she’s consistently declined to provide evidence.
A wave of SDPD retirements is expected soon, so cops are passing around a plan that would let some of them stick around. It would stave off the chief’s forced retirement too.
The department has moved on to talking about officer pay and retention. But a long-awaited federal report on SDPD policies is due in January.
City officials plan to dole out millions to police officers who’ve long complained about their paltry paychecks. They might get the most bang for their bucks if they give a big chunk of the money to veteran officers who are easy targets to get hired away by the Sheriff’s Department.
The vice president of San Diego Police Officers Association claimed veteran San Diego officers could make almost $18,000 more working for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
San Diego police and District 6 City Council candidates say the department has sunk $190,000 in each departing officer, a figure we’ve fact checked before and found some problems with.
San Diego’s police force has smaller percentages of Asian and Latino officers than the community at large, but police have said they’re trying to change that.
The San Diego Police Department has been very vocal recently about its problem with recruiting and retaining officers. But does Chula Vista have it even worse?
Few details have come out about the federal review of the San Diego Police Department. One thing we do know: The group conducting it knows the city’s former police chiefs very well.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s budget aims to combat an expected rush of police retirements with a hiring push.