Ex-Vallejo Police Chief Nichelini On ...

Ex-Vallejo Police Chief Nichelini On Aurora Massacre Panel

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Vallejo, CA

#1 May 11, 2013
Aurora OKs outside review of theater shooting response

Vallejo's former police chief has been selected to join a panel of experts that will review public safety response to the July 20 Aurora, Colo. theater massacre.

Robert Nichelini, who retired last June after 17 years with the Vallejo Police Department, will work as a "key member" of consulting firm TriData's team, said company president Philip Schaenman in an email. TriData was hired on a up to $250,000 contract Tuesday night, with the unanimous approval of the Aurora City Council.

Nichelini said in an interview Friday that he will be flying to Aurora at the end of May to meet with the firm and discuss the review process after being invited to apply for the team's law enforcement expert slot.

"I think that I'm always interested in law enforcement matters, no matter where they are," Nichelini said of his reasons for joining in the review. "Major incidents, I think, are particularly interesting to review, because you have the multi-agency response ... Very much like we had to do in Vallejo whenever you had something that overwhelmed your particular capabilities."

TriData, a division of the Virginia-based System Planning Corporation, focuses on producing emergency plans and assessments for local, state, and federal communities, according to its website, www.sysplan.com . The consultant will be tasked with performing the "after-action" analysis, which will document the shooting where 12 people were killed and 58 others injured.

Nichelini added that his experiences while working for the Oakland Police Department during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, when the double decker Cypress portion of the Nimitz Freeway collapsed, and the 1991 Oakland Hills firestorm likely played a factor in his selection. Schaenman declined to comment on the specifics of Nichelini's choosing.

The final report on the Aurora shooting, Nichelini said, could provide something of a how-to manual for other police, paramedic and fire agencies, much as a report on the 1999 Columbine High School massacre shootings has been well-distributed as a training manual, he said.

"I think the most important thing is to make this information available to other agencies," Nichelini said of his interests. "My goal is to try and help police agencies be prepared for something like this to happen to them."

Aurora police Chief Dan Oats spoke in favor of the report this week.

"It's important to create a historical record of what occurred," Oats said.

In February, the council halted its decision to move forward on the review after Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler sent a letter claiming the independent probe could hinder the prosecution of James Holmes, the alleged shooter.

Oats said he had spoken to Brauchler following the letter and believed the "after-action" would not hinder prosecution.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said many would benefit from the completed report.

"First responders have not healed because their story hasn't been told yet," he said. "I am happy to see this is going forward."
Ya Daddy Now

Vallejo, CA

#2 May 11, 2013
How do you like Chief Nic now, VIBsters? This man is an expert in police matters. He told you all criminals would flood the town when cops left. You said it was scare tactics. Well, the joke is on you, but it is not funny.

Vallejo, CA

#3 May 11, 2013
Nope its not funny at all. Its a very serious matter and there will be hell to pay. You can count on that.
how to

Vallejo, CA

#4 May 11, 2013
The chief (he will always be chief) should help put together a citizens manual for civilians in the event that local govt. leaves the community with no public safety.
A Thought

Vacaville, CA

#5 May 11, 2013
Well, at least this disspells the rumor he was going to Oakland as interim police chief.
Kurshan blows a rod

United States

#6 May 11, 2013
" I think that I'm always interested in law enforcement matters". Really? Why the "F" didn't you do more to make Vallejo safer. You know god damn well you could have. Instead you Nichelini looked out for your boy/boys. Up yours you $OB!!!!!!
At VIB we Hate Cops

Oakland, CA

#7 May 11, 2013
Dirt bag, He did an excellent job in everyone's eyes except for you cop hating VIB scum.

In a few more months all the air will come out opf your balloon.

Filthy cop hating scum. Die!
Bald Fat man in a Hula

Vallejo, CA

#8 May 11, 2013
Good for the Chiefy, I hope Aurora has the chance to see him for the totally incompetent leader he waqs for Vallejo.


(t)urd enragement!
Miserable no life VIB hag

Oakland, CA

#10 May 11, 2013
Thankfully your life is almost over.
Up the Sammie

Vallejo, CA

#11 May 12, 2013
LOL! sammie is one cheetoh away from a stroke.

(t)urd enragement!
VIB is finished

San Francisco, CA

#12 May 12, 2013
VIB is a few months from being finished.

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