San Diego PD PERF Report Out with Multiple Recommendations

Reporting San Diego


March 17, 2015 (San Diego) In 2011 San Diego Police had a problem. Its name was Officer Anthony Arevalos. He was the first in a series of high profile cases where SDPD got a black eye from officers due to sexual assault, using drugs, and other crimes.

Then Police Chief Bill Lansdowne implemented seven policy changes that were thought to be enough. When yet another officer, Christopher Hays, was charged the Chief resigned. In his place newly elected Kevin Faulconer appointed Shelley Zimmerman Chief, and she requested outside help in determining the problem. This report, put together by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is the result of that request. It was paid though a grant, so it did not cost the city any money.

This report did not focus primarily on race relations. That was not the issue for the police department in 2011. Though, during hearings that…

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