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.
San Diego Police officers have been asked to do too much, for too long and with too little.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Andrew Keatts and NBC 7’s Monica Dean dig into why the San Diego Police Department has an officer shortage and what it means for people who live here.
An understaffed SDPD has been forced to make tough decisions with limited resources. Officers still respond to emergencies ahead of the department’s goal, but the department is failing to meet its own standards with every other type of call that comes in.
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.
The San Diego Police Department is still conducting curfew sweeps, which happen largely in certain neighborhoods. The department has long held that the sweeps are meant to keep young people safe and to deter crime. Here’s what happened when a VOSD reporter joined SDPD for a curfew sweep ride-along, then returned weeks later to experience another curfew sweep from a community resident’s perspective.
Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told a City Council committee she prefers the current system for when to release policy body camera footage — in which she and Mayor Kevin Faulconer decide on a case-by-case basis — to the creation of a formal policy.
Security officers believed Allen Koka was trespassing when he showed up to his cleaning job at MTS headquarters in 2014. They arrested him in a violent encounter even after a supervisor confirmed he worked there. Among the MTS officers involved were two who have been accused of violence before and remain on the job, a joint investigation by Voice of San Diego and NBC 7 Investigates has found.
The family of a police shooting victim speaks out, Google Fiber’s flirting with San Diego is getting serious, San Diego’s climate plan might get its final stamps of approval and more.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Supervisor Ron Roberts pitch their case to NFL honchos in person, San Diego is at the forefront of unlocking stem cells’ curing potential and congrats, San Diego, you’re McDonalds’ favorite guinea pigs.