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.
Last week, city pension fund trustees made a change that will make pension bills larger for the city and employees. But they also gave the city a break that they hope will allow it to pony up more for police officer pay.
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.
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.