Community policing

This is from TNT’s Southland:

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

6 thoughts on “Community policing”

  1. Memo to Nevada City Police Chief Foley: Why not de-escalate this situation now that Reinette has apologized (twice) rather than keeping this going: http://www.theunion.com/news/22939692-113/no-action-planned-by-nevada-city-councilmembers-controversial

    Here’s a thought: Why don’t you, Officer Ewing, Mason, etc., and others from law enforcement grab a burrito at Los Mineros with Reinette next week? You know “break bread.” I’ll happily donate $100 to the Rudiger K-9 program if you do that.

    BTW, I recommend the Chile Colorado burrito. It’s at least as good as what you’ll find in the Mission district in S.F. And check out the mural inside: It has a message too.

    1. A simple way forward. Can’t do the $100, but I will be glad to buy a burrito for the first law enforcement officer who would like to make a start. Today. A commitment like the saying on the patrol car “To protect and serve” ——-.

  2. I agree 100 % and wonder why our law enforcement members involved in this are keeping this bad choice of hers alive-. I have always said there are two kinds of cops… One who goes into a bad situation and makes it better and one who goes into a bad situation and makes it worse.I personally had the pleasure of working with many Sheriff deputies while a K9 SAR handler who were wonder people and really good cops. I hope this gets better soon.

  3. Love your memo, Jeff; I hope you’re actually sending it. And just to show that dialogue is a real (and the best) alternative in this very situation, check out what’s happening in Portland right now: http://www.kptv.com/story/32450154/police-union-president-angry-and-disturbed-over-controversial-email-sent-by-city-leader

    The similarities are truly striking. But just as striking is the difference in the police reaction: hurt, angry, yes. But instead of just demanding the author of the offending email to resign, and refusing to budge, the head of the POA “is inviting [her], along with the Mayor and the Chief of Police, to sit down with him to talk about solutions.” He adds, “I’ve gotten emails, text messages, phone calls from dozens, and I do mean dozens up into the numbers of the hundreds, of police officers that feel that this is workplace harassment,” Turner said. “How do we mend the fences, how do we build a stronger relationship in the community when we have our own directors of bureaus basically trashing police officers?”

    I’m not saying reconciliation will be easy in Portland or would be here. But to not even try? What a disappointment!

  4. It is my understanding that Foley and his officers are not pleased with the negative response to Rienette’s comments. I know I am. The culture of impunity in law enforcement has to end. Criticism can’t be met with a call for taking sides.
    It troubled me that I can reach into my purse to get my drivers license but a black man gets shot before he gets his wallet out of his pocket. It is disturbing that two officers can sit on the chest of a man and one can shoot him in the chest 4 times. I think that law enforcement is obligated to develop a national procedure for pull overs and the public must be educated about the expectation. This way the expected procedure is uniform in Nevada City and Mena, AR. This way there is no confusion. Example. Every driver can have a copy of license, registration, insurance on the visor. Driver can keep hand on steering wheel and reach for documents when instructed. This way officers are assured some reasonable expectation for their own safety and so can the driver. A uniform procedure for traffic stops would be good PR.
    Police brutality hits a private cord. Twice in my life I was treated unprofessionally. CHP when I was a young woman and a NCPD. Both times I reported and both times I was slapped down.
    Our officers risk their lives but they don’t have the right to use their badge to demand sexual favor or take their personal life frustration out on a member of the public just because they think they can. I’m a law a Idina citizen. I see both sides. Police have to see both sides and they must not shut up and cover up when one of their peers aren’t pofessional.

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