note:. The following was originally
delivered as a speech to the final Police Commission community meeting
which followed a Central Bureau Townhall event. The highlight of
the Townhall meeting was a speech
by Chief Martin Pomeroy, which Ms. Harmon had just heard (you
can read the text of his speech here, too).
My criteria in selecting the next Chief of Police
Chief Pomeroy personifies what I would like to see in the next chief
of police. He's nice, personable, communicates well and is a fair
man. He doesn't just speak to his command staff but to his officers
no matter what rank. He supports his officers and has lifted their
morale and given them back their pride and respect.
I have listened to him speak in front of the officers and they cheer
and give him standing ovations, a far cry from the boos Chief Parks
use to receive. He has inspired his troops like a true leader. Recruitment
is up, officers who left want to come back, and officers are not
leaving in the numbers as before. In the short time he has been
interim chief, he has made changes that are steps in a positive
He has been a breath of fresh air to a stale Department.
I would like to clone Chief Pomeroy and keep him. I would like the
police commission to use the same criteria for the new chief of
police that they used to select Chief Pomeroy.
Community based policing has been successful in other cities throughout
the country. We need to bring that to Los Angeles. We need to start
communicating and working as a team with our officers to make our
neighborhoods safe. The community needs to become more involved
and start a dialogue and support our officers.
LAPD lost over 1,000 officers last year. If they don't respond to
a call in a timely manner there's a reason. They just don't have
the manpower. Every division is short officers. Instead of blaming
police officers for the crime in our neighborhoods we should hold
the parents of the criminals accountable. Those parents need to
start taking responsibility for their kids who are gangbangers,
drug dealers and who write graffiti.
If the community hasn't made a concerted effort to communicate with
the officers and they simply complain, then they are part of the
problem and not the solution. I've been to basic car meetings where
LAPD comes out to the community but the community doesn't think
it's important enough to come out to them. That needs to change.
I would like the new chief to reinstate the CRASH units. LAPD cannot
punish good officers for the few bad cops that took part in Rampart
and that's the reason CRASH was disband. We need them back. Our
officers are not afraid of the gangbangers and CRASH is the answer
to solving the violence occurring in our city. Hollenbeck has 30
homicides and 77th over 50 to date.
I want our new police chief to support anti-secession. If the valley
secedes after a year LAPD will lose over 1,000 officers because
the valley will hire the sheriff dept. We as LA City taxpayers will
have to foot the bill for the valley until they get on their feet.
That is not where I want my tax dollars spent. I support the police
protective league's stand on anti-secession. They represent the
over 8,000 sworn who are fathers, sons, uncles and brothers, mothers
and daughters. We as the community need to start a dialogue with
the union on issues that will effect our communities.
LAPD can't speak out against the consent decree but we as taxpayers
and community members can. The consent decree cost us taxpayers
over $100 million to implement and the two most important groups,
taxpayers and police officers didn't have a say in it. The consent
decree is a brick being held over the officer's head preventing
them from doing their job. Each community member needs to get a
copy of the consent decree and read it.
We need to write our Congress representatives, Senators, city council
members and the Federal judge who simply rubber-stamped it.