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  •  I don't know what the hell is wrong with Oakland. (10+ / 0-)

    Or the LAPD or NYPD for that matter.  

    Most officers want to just go home safe to their families at the end of the shift, but as they say, a fish rots from the head down.  I have had this conversation with many sheriffs and police chiefs over the years.  What they tell me is that when the politicians hire political lackeys to run departments, and then lean on them to further a political agenda, that is what happens.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 07:42:14 AM PST

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    •  Given that our current police chief got his (8+ / 0-)

      "start" as the commander in the 2003 protests that led to one of the principal lawsuits against OPD and Oakland, I guess

      a fish rots from the head down.
      is a pretty good explanation of what the hell is wrong with Oakland.
      •  jpmassar wins the innertoobz today! (5+ / 0-)

        Bingo!

        I would like nothing more than to get hired as a consultant out there, but would probably end up getting fired before lunchtime the first day.  If it went like I think it might, they would not like what I would be telling them.

        The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

        by Otteray Scribe on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 08:33:02 AM PST

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        •  Maybe you should apply (4+ / 0-)

          for the job of Compliance Director.  Judge Henderson still has not appointed anyone.

          •  Job's worth probably $250K/yr (3+ / 0-)
            •  Two things. (3+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              jpmassar, Joy of Fishes, PavePusher

              It would be like getting an Air Force contract; and second, I figure I would not last a half day.  

              Did you see the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Remember the scene where the bad guys go in the cave entrance, then heads come rolling back out like so many bowling balls?  That is how I envision it would work out.  I would not last long.

              The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

              by Otteray Scribe on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 08:53:29 AM PST

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              •  You couldn't be fired. (3+ / 0-)

                CD is under the sole authority of Judge Henderson.

                •  When you get right down to it, (4+ / 0-)

                  the money is OK, but marginal for what has to be done.  To do a proper screening on a problem officer, my current fee is in the neighborhood of two thousand. Routine new hire screenings are much less. A few screenings have run more than that and take more than one day.  Whoever does it will need a staff of competent, incorruptible assistants.  Persons with those qualifications will not come cheap.

                  The toughest case I think I have had was the female officer who had been shot in the face by a guy enraged over a property dispute.  He shot both the female officer and the dog.  When he turned his deer rifle on the officer and her dog, it gave the Lieutenant just enough time to kill him, otherwise he would have shot and probably killed the Lieutenant.  After many plastic surgeries and the doctors released her to go back, I worked with her for a month on almost a daily basis before I let her go back to work.  

                  The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

                  by Otteray Scribe on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 09:19:21 AM PST

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          •  In all seriousness, joking aside, (4+ / 0-)

            management likes things the way they are.  They do not want to change.  They do not want anyone or anything anyone to upset the political applecart.  The money they pay out comes from their liability insurance carrier, the premiums being paid by the taxpayers.  It is explained to the taxpayers that the city is not really paying that money, it is fully covered by insurance.

            As we all know, premiums go up accordingly with payouts, but voters are gullible for the most part and are easily misled.  

            The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

            by Otteray Scribe on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 08:58:48 AM PST

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