Changes in Vallejo police department up for discussion http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2216...
After nearly six months reworking, molding and analyzing the Vallejo Police Department, Interim Chief Joseph Kreins has pulled together a summary of what he has seen. His report will be up for discussion at tonight's Vallejo City Council meeting.
In his report to the City Council, Kreins described his overview as a baseline study "we believe the City Council and the public will find useful as we move forward in working toward enhancing police services in our community," Kreins wrote.
Though Kreins' time is set to expire with the city at about the end of the month, due to state pension restrictions on retirees, City Manager Dan Keen is considering naming him full-time to the high profile job.
Kreins' report accompanies a state Peace Officers Standards and Training office analysis. That concludes that the department is facing a "very high" number of understaffed hours in a week -- 84 out of 168.
Or, as Kreins put it, "The Vallejo Police Department's patrol staffing is grossly understaffed."
Kreins also provided a list of changes he has instituted since arriving in July, and those still on the way.
* Several promotions, division reorganizations
* Retirement of two officers, two corporals and two lieutenants
* Resignations of two police clerks and one cadet
* Hired two records clerks, one officer and one annuitant in the property/evidence area
* Moved citizen complaint forms to police lobby and city manager's office, translated into Spanish, and made easier to find on city website
* Assigned a community liaison to work with public, especially family members impacted by an officer-involved incident
* Launched a new "use of force" policy to report and track how officers use force on the public, and how it uses force with officers
* Issued 70 VIEWVU cameras to all field staff. The small cameras can be worn on an officer's uniform or used inside a vehicle
* Passed the department's first Property Unit audit with "meets standards overall."
Changes -- upcoming
* Potentially modify the department's weekend shift from three 12-hour shifts to four 10-hour shifts to cover seriously understaffed periods, at P.O.S.T. study's recommendation
* Recruiting for 10 vacant police officer positions, four dispatchers, two clerks and two cadets
* Suspending several special unit involvement next month, including: Solano County Narcotics Enforcement Team (SolNET), High Tech Crimes Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA partnership) and Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force.
* Recommending a target of staffing 125 sworn officers and 27 dispatchers in the next two years. Authorized staffing now is 98 officers and 19 communications center staffing
* Recommends reinventing the Cadet Program and hiring 10 new cadets in the coming year for about $200,000.