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Press release from Richmond Office of Public Safety in response to critical report issued by the office of Richmond Councilman Corky Booze and his intern, Anna Johnson.
OFFICE OF NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2012 PRESS CONTACTS: DeVone L. Boggan, 510-620-5421, email@example.com I am very disappointed that the paper and the accompanying power point completed by Richmond City Councilman Booze and his assigned intern disguised as an official city staff report was allowed to be made public through the city’s Council Agenda process. To find that it was sent to several media outlets is truly disturbing and most unfortunate. I’m concerned with the abundance of unsubstantiated commentary and assumptions disguised as “findings from information gathering”. The paper was clearly limited by the intern’s level of graduate study, unfamiliarity with the topic/subject being researched that included gun violence interruption and intervention, governmental programs, and structures, and city budgets. Simply put, she does not have either the professional or educational background to critique those topics or any of the areas where she provided recommendations. The City of Richmond should be extremely hesitant when offering forth to the public a student opinion paper disguised as a professional report which was not appropriately reviewed by a qualified professional. There was no supervision to provide graduate level feedback around her “information gathering” research methodology, data collection and presentation of biased reporting content. I’m further disappointed that the report lacks scholarly attention and dimension. In addition to the report’s methodology being unclear and undirected, it is poorly organized and lacks overall direction. The purpose of the report lacks transparency and does not honestly lay out the guidelines or direction given for the assignment. The opening paragraphs reveal prejudice from the start. The description of the project outlines a direction that looks to focus on the ugly and dismiss the relevant. In the absence of a graduate school supervisor providing appropriate direction and feedback, (particularly around biased presentations) this report should be considered nothing more than a writing exercise draft. Finally, the findings were subjectively reported and included blatant inaccuracies and errors. Many of the findings were redundant and already known. As to the few accurate statements within the paper, much was old news and solutions and opportunities are already being pursued. This experience underscores the need for an objective, outside evaluation from a qualified organization with in depth knowledge in violence prevention and outreach work with system involved young people. We are currently perusing a qualified evaluator to help us determine the effectiveness of the Department. The ONS appreciates the interest in our work and we are grateful to have every opportunity to share it with city leaders and the community. We look forward to working with academics, evaluators, and city leaders to evaluate our programs and improve the associated communications about the work. 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804-1630 Telephone: (510) 620-5422 Fax: (510) 620-6542 www.ci.richmond.ca.us
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