Recent comments

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 36 weeks ago
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    You did a great job on the radio show Bobby. Keep up the good work. The SJPD owes you a lot for the way you defend them.

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 36 weeks ago

    As an officer, I've looked at the Axon device, but haven't tested it out. However, having examined it, I can tell you that I foresee several issues with using it. Before listing those issues, let me say that I don't mind having A/V documentation of my actions and interactions with the public. I have no issue with the idea of the device; just with the application, for the following reasons:
    1. It's overkill. We can view all manner of digital video formats just by connecting a USB drive to a computer, and that's all that's really needed - a way to get the video to a device for storing/viewing it.
    2. It's too big. I don't know what other officers would do with it, but I can tell you that, unless the department is willing to authorize a different type of uniform, I just don't have the pockets or room on my belt to store an Axon. I have to wear my Taser in a holster on my left thigh and attach it on my underbelt: that's UNDER my duty belt. An iPod nano, by comparison weighs just 1.28 ozs and stores up to 16 hours of video something like that would fit far more easily in a pocket.
    3. The head-mounted camera puts many officers in a position of having to choose between wearing an earpiece for their radio or the camera. Certainly, I wouldn't be comfortable wearing both devices.
    4. If I can buy a ruggedized USB drive which is smaller than my thumb and stores up to 32GB worth of data with 256 bit encryption (the axon uses 128 bit encryption) why can't we just plug something that size into a small video camera with a small controller device instead of a far larger touchscreen controller?
    5. Those of us who work day shift wear sunglasses most of the day. How is a bluetooth-sized camera going to work around a pair of sunglasses and be comfortable? Personally, when I'm wearing sunglasses, I wear the bluetooth earpiece as long as I am talking on the phone and then take off the earpiece as soon as I'm done with the call. Otherwise, it's just too uncomfortable.

    In principle, it's a nice idea, but it seems like it's overkill, uncomfortable, oversized, and expensive to boot.

  • Re: Open Forum Friday

      Posted: 9 years 36 weeks ago
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    I would like to personally thank the Merc for again lowering the morale of the department. I have been in law enforcement for almost ten years and this is has to be the darkest point of my career in terms of morale. Between the Merc calling us out of control, the lack of *Outward Public* support from command staff and the new flavor of the week nickel and diming the overtime.

    Man it is tough, but I still enjoy what I do and would never trade it in.

    For some of the guys thinking about leaving, I don't blame you.

    I love this quote and is so:

    "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."

    - Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 36 weeks ago
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    -I find it interesting that the Merc publishing the recent "hit piece" and the timing of the Merc and other organizations loose their propasals on "Sunshine reform task force".

    -The mercury seems to look at their statisitics and form them in their favor.

    I think this quote sums it up:

    "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."

    - Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 36 weeks ago
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    Anonymous, the idea of the video cam is just that an IDEA. In my opinion if we say NO to everything, the press will focus in on that. From what I have been told the price and cost of upkeep on those video cams is astronomical. The press would focus on us saying "NO" not the fact they are cost prohibitive in todays city deficit. Whatever we say the City decides then shoves them down our throat. We also have to remember it was a recording device that saved an officer from a city council member that filed an I/A investigation and was later proven to be a lie.

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 36 weeks ago
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    Hey Anonymous,
    Get used to it. Once you become a Lt. and above it's all over. They are indebt to the man. They may shine a little around the real cops and talk a good line. Just remember one thing they will sell you down the river. Keep doing your job hold your head high. You can deliver the message to every victim you meet. When you dial 911 you see who arrives first.

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 36 weeks ago
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    Once again Bobby Lopez has taken the BULL/S. by the horns. His leadership and statesmanship has propelled the integrity and honesty of the rank an file. I have yet to see any command officer say "My troops do a hard job in a professional way" Unless people have been a cop or a victim they will never truly understsand what every officer put forth so that we may live in peace and be safe. Thank you Bobby Lopez and the SJPOA.

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 36 weeks ago
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    Sean Webby writes a series of hit pieces against our department implying too much force is used to subdue violent suspects. We respond by, instead of sticking up for the officers, trying to pacify those that already hate the police by telling them we are now going to wear video cameras and form another internal review commitee to oversee officers. This just gives the appearance that these anti police groups were right and the SJPD is in the wrong. Now we have have council members and the mayor jumping on the bandwagon against us.
    Trying to make nice with the groups or reporters that have an axe to grind with the SJPD is not the answer. It just feeds into their hand.

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 36 weeks ago
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    I think it is very disheartening to not hear the command staff DEFEND it's officers at all. I also think these "half-truth" articles the Merky News keeps spewing is just going to incite more violence towards police officers in the future, and that is very alarming.

  • Re: Open Forum Friday

      Posted: 9 years 36 weeks ago

    Don't let the Merc get you guys down. They are on their last leg. They use the same old suspects trying to prove their BS allegations against the cops, the DA, or whomever else they hate at the moment. Everyone is as sick of them as they are of Paris Hilton.

    Thanks for your service. Remember more of us support you than hate you.