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Breaking this afternoon is news that San Diego's Police Chief will be "retiring" effective 03/03/2014.

San Diego's police chief announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon amid a department scandal involving accusations against two officers of sexual misconduct.

Lansdowne's retirement takes effect Monday, March 3. He served as the SDPD's top cop for 10 years.

The SDPD has been under severe scrutiny following accusations of sexual misconduct against two officers. Christopher Hays, who has since resigned from the SDPD, is facing felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from accusations that he groped female suspects.

A second officer, Donald Moncrief, was placed on paid leave after a woman claimed he groped her and exposed himself to her.

The scandal was the latest black eye for the SDPD. Former officer Anthony Arevalos was convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting and harassing women during DUI traffic stops in the Gaslamp District. On Tuesday, a judge vacated at least two charges against the 18-year department veteran. He is currently serving a nine-year sentence.

Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer stated "I will make an announcement on new leadership in the police department in the near future."

Many prominent San Diego city and county officials have made statements since the sudden and abrupt announcement.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, "William Lansdowne has served San Diego exceptionally well throughout his 10 years as our Chief of Police. His leadership led to our lowest crime rate since the 1960s, his hallmark calm demeanor helped get the San Diego Police Department and our City through challenging financial cutbacks, and he remains a respected national expert on public safety. I'm grateful for his tremendous contributions to San Diego and wish him well in retirement," said Interim Mayor Todd Gloria.  "It is my hope that a national search that includes significant community input will be performed to select the next police chief. The City Council and I stand ready to help the Mayor-Elect ensure the San Diego Police Department has stable leadership and continues to be America's Finest."

Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer (who previously stated his office would be making some changes at the San Diego PD),"I greatly appreciate Police Chief Lansdowne's leadership and dedication to the San Diego Police Department. He is a tireless public servant, leading the police department over the last 10 years with an unwavering commitment to public safety. San Diego owes him a debt of gratitude."

"As mayor, the brave men and women of the San Diego Police Department will have my full support. They serve our city every day with dignity and honor. I will work with them to move the department past this difficult time and ensure they have the resources and leadership to be successful. San Diego families deserve the best and brightest officers, and as mayor I will work every day to keep those officers here - and attract more - to protect our neighborhoods. I will make an announcement on new leadership in the police department in the near future."

Also, Sheriff Bill Gore (who despite the 2-1 ruling by a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel declaring "Good Cause" requirements for issuance of conceal carry permits unconstitutional has suggested he will continue denying applicants conceal carry permits until the case is fully resolved through appeals or finalized.
"San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in law enforcement," said Sheriff Bill Gore. "He has led the department through one of the most difficult fiscal times in the city's history and enjoyed many years of reduced crime through his leadership and foresight.

"In my 44 years in law enforcement, I have never been associated with anyone who worked harder or gave more of himself than Bill Lansdowne.

"I believe Chief Lansdowne has positioned the San Diego Police Department -one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country - in a good place, by requesting an outside audit. This will ensure the public's confidence in the fine men and women who work so hard to keep San Diego safe.

"Bill is not only a trusted colleague, but a good friend and partner. I wish him and his wife, Sharon every happiness they deserve."

Let us hope that America's Finest City can move forward in getting a police chief who can enforce the law faithfully, destroy the "boys club" mentality, and rid the city of all these nasty police officers that are more interested in copping a feel or driving drunk around town than protecting our citizens (see what I did there?)

This is my first attempt at a diary or news breaking so be kind :)

Originally posted to Achillios0311 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 05:41 PM PST.

Also republished by California politics.

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  •  First attempt at a diary (3+ / 0-)
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    peacestpete, cfk, VirginiaJeff

    Please feel free to give me some feedback, criticism, or general tips. Thank you.

  •  If you destroyed the boys' club mentality in SD (2+ / 0-)
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    Achillios0311, peacestpete

    what would be left?


  •  Republished to California politics. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Is there a connection between the retirement and the sex scandal?  The opening block quote seems to suggest there may be, but the rest of the diary doesn't make any connection.  The series of quotes from officials saying the retiring chief worked hard, etc. seems hardly newsworthy, FWIW.

    You can tell Monopoly is an old game because there's a luxury tax and rich people can go to jail.

    by Simian on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:02:59 AM PST

    •  I tried not to editorialize much (1+ / 0-)
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      but what is being publicy stated is that this has no connection to the scandals and just a happen chance of timing.

      What is being said by all the talking heads is that the police chief is being marred by all of these scandals, plus a few fresh ones ie. senior detective arrested for DUI and more sexual assault allegation claims coming.

      I posted this here because like most west coast DKOS readers, I was at work when the cheif suddenly announced his resignation and many of us here in San Diego missed the news or only caught it this morning.

      I am not drawing any conclusions yet and all the statements being made have been supportive of the chief so far. We will see where this thing goes after his actual departure.

      FWIW, the chief had the public support of the incoming mayor and the chief had also stated he looked forward to working with mayor-elect. Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer had made statements about changes coming to the police force that were not seen as an indicment against the chief and many in San Diego were happy with the 10 years of service he gave the city. Crime is down, many community policing tactics were improved, and overall the police were, until recently, seen as the good guys.

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      I only included these quotes because at the time of publishing this diary they were the only ones available.

      In your opinion should I have waited? Or tried to draw a conclusion? Again, I was not trying to editorialize just break some news here in San Diego.

      •  In my opinion... (1+ / 0-)
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        for which I make no claim as to authoritativeness, I would have used the quote from the mayor to illustrate that the chief had the mayor's support, and maybe stopped there in terms of the quotes.

        Since you didn't have enough info to draw a conclusion, maybe you could have suggested that it is not clear whether the ongoing scandals have anything to do with the resignation.  Then the reader knows what you think and you aren't trying to take a position you can't back up.  And if the chief has not been directly connected to any of the scandals, I think that fact should have been included, too, so the reader would have some context.


        You can tell Monopoly is an old game because there's a luxury tax and rich people can go to jail.

        by Simian on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:14:42 PM PST

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