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.
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.
Despite a Sheriff’s Department policy that prohibits deputies from stopping, detaining or questioning people for reasons related to immigration, deputies contacted U.S. Border Patrol during a traffic stop and held the couple until agents arrived on scene to detain them.
In September, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department began a one-year pilot program that includes four camera-equipped drones. Despite urging from the ACLU that the Sheriff’s Department first seek input from the public and the County Board of Supervisors, it did neither.
In this San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Andrew Keatts and NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia lay out the large-scale sweeps the Sheriff’s Department is conducting at trolley stations to try to catch ex-inmates committing crimes.
After talking with people leaving the Lemon Grove station following a Sheriff’s Department operation, all felt quite strongly that the reason they were stopped and harassed was that they were either a person of color, young, or both.
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’s big-city neighbors to the north and south have drones but police here are mostly holding off. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department put out feelers about acquiring drones at one point, but says it’s not interested in them now.