Vallejo Police Officers Association Claims Crisis Over ‘Unprecedented Rate’ Of Outgoing Officers

The union of one of the Bay Area’s most scandal-ridden police forces said the sky was falling on officer attrition rates, conveniently ignoring the massive and self-inflicted damage to the reputation of this department.

As anyone familiar with SFist’s nine-year-old and still-ongoing ‘Vallejo is Whack’ series knows, the Vallejo Police Department has so many incompetence and corruption scandals that even the Police Department of Oakland would say, “Hey, maybe you guys should clean up your act. Mind you, this is the same city that declared a state of emergency for the misconduct of its own police department, a city that has rightfully earned the nickname “Florida of the Bay Area.”

That’s why it’s hard to keep a straight face from reading KRON-4’s report that the Vallejo Police Officers Association (VPOA) is sounding the alarm bells on the city. “Unprecedented rate” of officers leaving the force. This police association, which is the police union, not the force itself, declares that “the small staff continue to exceed what is essential for the safety of the public and of our police”, in a press release. , and that. “In addition, it severely hinders our ability to provide basic policing service. “

Hmm, maybe “Come join the deadliest police department in California!” Isn’t the best recruiting line?

KRON-4 correctly reports that, according to data from Vallejo PD, “In 2020, Vallejo saw an increase in several categories of crime compared to other years. According to crime data from the Vallejo Police Department, homicides, rapes, assaults, auto theft and arson increased significantly in 2020. “

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It’s all true, but he leaves out the key detail that all these crimes are down in 2021. Of course there is one month left in the year, but unless there is some sort of Purge forever kind of shit that goes on during the Christmas season (and that’s Vallejo), each of those categories will see crime drop by 2021. You could argue that there are fewer officers to handle calls, but it is unlikely to say that fewer crimes are being reported simply because there are fewer police officers on the ground.

And we’re sure the police union suddenly making hot-tempered statements to local media has absolutely nothing to do with yesterday’s Vallejo Sun report that a public relations firm helps police departments shaping media narratives. This report mentions Vallejo’s PD and his messaging tactics after Sean Monterrosa’s shooting in June 2020, where body camera footage undermined the police chief’s claims and the destruction of evidence led to investigations by the attorney general. state and FBI.

So maybe the police force with one of the highest per capita shooting rates in the state is struggling to recruit because they keep shooting themselves in the foot.

Related: Vallejo Is Whack: Police seriously botched Huskins’ sexual assault investigation [SFist]

Image: Vallejo Police Department via Facebook

Andrew B. Reiter