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Chief's Message - Dec. 2009

Notes from the December 22, 2009 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

  • Police Commission President John Mack congratulated Commission Vice President Andrea Ordin on her new position on County Council. 
  • Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman attended the Cadet graduation over the weekend, which was the last one of the current Cadet format.  He also attended the Holiday Celebration at Pacific Division which he said was a very positive event.
  • Police Chief Charlie Beck informed the Board it was a tough weekend with regards to the number of homicides in the City.  He said Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger and his staff were devising strategies to curtail the recent spike in violence but added the City was still ahead of national crime reduction averages for the year.
  • The Department’s verbal presentation relative to the transition of the Law Enforcement Cadet program was given by Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger.  He said the transition of the Cadet program from under the control of the Learning For Life organization was well on its way and has strong support from the Chief of Police.  One of the major concerns with the transition was being able to insure the members of the Cadets and the program itself but Chief Paysinger said funding has been secured for insurance through various donations from community organizations.  He added a memorandum will be ready for presentation to the Chief of Police on January 1, 2010 making the transition complete with a new name for the program, new uniforms, new patches and new designs to follow.
  • The Department’s verbal report and presentation from the Chief of Police relative to the Department reorganization was given by Charlie Beck.  Chief Beck said the goal of the reorganization is to reduce the number of direct reports to the Chief and to consolidate entities that perform like functions.  There will now be six direct reports which include the Office of Operations, the Office of Special Services, the Office of Administrative Services, Professional Standards Bureau, Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing and the Chief of Staff.  Chief Beck stated the reorganization allows the Department to be more efficient and allows for more fiscal responsibility.  It also puts 130 police officers back in the field. 
  • The Department’s report, dated December 14, 2009, relative to sworn personnel by rank, gender, and ethnicity report – 5-year trend, fiscal year 2004-2005 to 2008-2009, as given by Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff, was approved.  Mr. Chaleff informed the Board the number of Sergeants has increased by 85 with 10 female and 65 Hispanic. He added as the Department becomes more diverse, so do the upper ranks of supervision.  Mr. Chaleff also said the number of diversified Captains is starting to go down.  This may be due to the increased responsibilities of the Captain position.  He also said due to the budget restraints of the City, future promotions will be few and far between. 
  • The Department’s report, dated December 10, 2009, relative to transmittal of the grant application for the 2009 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Continuation Program from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, United States Department of Justice, was approved and transmitted to the Office of the Mayor and City Council.
  • The Department’s report, dated December 8, 2009, relative to Transmittal of the Grant Augmentation Award for the 2009/10 Internet Crimes Against Children Program from the California Emergency Management Agency, was approved and transmitted to the Office of the Mayor and City Council.
  • The Department’s report, dated December 9, 2009, relative to Transmittal of the Grant Application for the 2009-10 Next Generation, Click It or Ticket program from the University of California, Berkeley, Traffic Safety Center, was approved and transmitted to the Office of the Mayor and City Council.
  • The Department’s report, dated December 9, 2009, relative to transmittal of the supplemental award and budget modification for the Driving Under the Influence Enforcement and Awareness Program grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, was approved and transmitted to the Office of the Mayor and City Council.
  • The Department’s report, dated December 2, 2009, relative to transmittal of the grant award for the 2009 Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative – supplemental program, was approved and transmitted to the Office of the Mayor and City Council.
  • The Department’s report, dated December 10, 2009, relative to the First Amendment to Professional Services Agreement Contract No. C-110676 with Lynden J. and Associates, Inc., for court reporter services, was approved and transmitted to the Office of the Mayor.
  • The Department’s report, dated December 9, 2009, relative to transmittal of the grant award and extension for the 2008-2009 Homeland Security Preparedness Technical Assistance Program (Archangel), was approved and transmitted to the Office of the Mayor and City Council.
  • The Executive Director’s report, dated December 14, 2009, relative to recommendations relative to the Office of Finance’s review on compliance with the Citywide billing and collection guidelines, was approved.
  • The Executive Director’s report, dated December 18, 2009, relative to the official police garage towing and storage rates 2010 – posting completed, was approved.
  • The Department’s report, dated September 30, 2009, and Inspector General’s report, dated December 14, 2009, relative to the executive level review of gang enforcement detail work product assessment summary, fiscal year 2009/2010, was approved.

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