The Official Publication of the San Diego Police Officers Association
Volume XXVIII April 2008
San Diego Police Officers Association
8388 Vickers Street 858.573.1199 (Office)
San Diego, CA 92111 858.573.1574 (Fax)
Bill Nemec Tom Bostedt Tom Rhodes Rob Lewis
President Vice President Secretary Treasurer
Paul Hubka Jeff Jordon Brian Marvel Paul Paxton Mark Sullivan
Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member
Committees and Editorial and Advertising
Committee Chairs Information
By-Laws/Policy .......................................... Paxton/Lewis/Marvel Editor, Emily Cox
858.573.1199 x 220
Family Health ...................................................... Bostedt/Jordon
FIT/Safety ..............................................................Hubka/Paxton The views or opinions expressed in The Informant
Informant...................................................Hubka/Lewis/Rhodes are not necessarily the opinions of the San Diego
Police Officers Association, the San Diego Police De-
Labor Management ................................. Lewis/Paxton/Sullivan partment or any official body or agency of the City
Legal Grievance ....................................... Rhodes/Lewis/Bostedt of San Diego.
We encourage article ideas and photographs about
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or of interest to our members. Article abstracts,
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commentaries and information may be submitted in
person, by mail or by email to the editor.
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Political Action............................Lewis/Paxton/Jordon/Sullivan of good taste and the limits of available space.
Public Relations ..........................Lewis/Paxton/Jordon/Sullivan Our target audience is law enforcement, specifically
POA members of the San Diego Police Department.
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All copy and advertising must be submitted by the
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tent submitted after that date may be considered for
Parliamentarian ....................................................Rhodes/Paxton a later issue.
2 | The Informant
In This Issue
Member Spotlight ...................... 4
SDPOA Blood Drive ................... 5 On behalf of the POA board,
I’d like to welcome you to the
Chaplain’s Corner ...................... 6 new format of The Informant.
As a publication dedicated to
The Crime Files .......................... 7 our members and supporters, we
want to provide our readers an
POA Scholarship Info ................ 8
engaging and easy-to-read maga-
Cigar Mixer III ............................ 9 zine with stories that are of inter-
est to you.
25 Year Watch Celebration .......10 You will see some familiar ele-
San Diego Police Officers ments, including the Retirement
Update from Bill Farrar and the
Scott Spillane & Adam Sharki Chaplain’s Corner from Herb
Recognized as CRIA Smith, but we also have a few new tricks up our sleeves.
Officers of the Year ...................11 Throughout the each issue, we will introduce stories that
are of general interest, for example in this issue, a story
SDPD Backgrounds & highlighting the importance of donating blood (which you
Recruiting Unit Reveals can do at our very own POA office on April 3).
Tricks of the Trade .................. 12 We have also added an event calendar to keep you up-to-
date on the important and exciting events that are happen-
Upcoming Events ..................... 14
ing in the area. We hope that this new format is easier for
TV Cops .....................................15 you to bring along with you in your squad car or throw on
your kitchen table to enjoy later.
SDPOA Discount Ticket Info....16 As you well know, the San Diego Police Officers Associa-
April Fool’s ................................17 tion is proud to support our members and we hope that you
see The Informant as yet another tool we use to keep you
Earth Day ..................................18 informed, but also as a tool to recognize the great work that
all of our police officers do in the community.
Survey Says: Survey
In this issue, we have recognized Assistant Chief Boyd
Divulges Public Impression Long in this month’s member highlight and we have in-
of San Diego Police Officers .... 20 cluded a few photos from our recent “25 Year Watch” lun-
cheon, where we celebrated the 28 officers who hit the 25
Retirement Update .................. 22 year mark with the SDPD in the second half of 2007.
A Retirement Nuggets We would really like to make The Informant a first-class
Farewell .................................... 23 publication to reflect the first-class officers we have on duty
in America’s Finest City. Please let us know how you like
Guacamole Bowl ...................... 23 the new format and if you have any suggestions for story
ideas or other items you would like to see included.
Peace Officer of the Year ......... 24
As you all know, we are in the midst of election season.
Rate my Cop ............................. 25 The San Diego Police Officers Association is in the process
of determining our endorsements for the June primary and
Stranger than Fiction .............. 26 we will have more information available in the May issue of
On the Road ...............................27 The Informant.
Be safe, and with profound respect,
At a Glance Calendar ............... 28
Board Minutes .......................... 29
April 2008 | 3
As a lifelong San Diegan, Assistant
Chief Boyd Long was interested in law
enforcement from a young age. Fol-
lowing a school visit from a law en-
forcement officer in his junior year at
Escondido High School, Chief Long
was inspired to join the field he found
fascinating because of its promise that
no two days will ever be alike.
After high school, Chief Long was anx-
ious to start his chosen career, but age
restrictions posed a challenge. Up until
age 21, Long was able to work for the
Mesa and City College police, giving
him a head start down the police path in January 2008. Patrol Operations in- Chief Long noted that he has been very
until he was old enough to join the San cludes the nine patrol divisions with a fortunate in his career and has worked
Diego Police Department. combined total of over 1200 patrol offi- with wonderful, supportive people.
February 22, 1985 is a day that sticks cers, detectives, supervisory staff, civil- “We can never forget it’s the people
in his mind as an important date – his ian personnel and volunteers. that make the SDPD. It’s the passion
hire date. Starting out as a patrol offi- Looking back on 23 years of service to and the hard work done every day that
cer in the Central Division, Chief Long the SDPD, Chief Long indicated that truly makes us America’s Finest,” said
quickly worked his way through various one of his most encouraging assign- Chief Long.
interesting and exciting assignments, ments was with the Walking Enforce- “I’ve had an extremely rewarding ca-
including Traffic Motorcycle Officer, ment Campaign Against Narcotics reer working with the finest police de-
Police Academy Tactical Training Of- (WECAN). While spending time pa- partment there is. Over the years, I
ficer, Mobil Field Force (MFF) Coordi- trolling the Logan Heights neighbor- have interacted with numerous other
nator Sergeant and Sergeant Assistant hood on foot, he was able to get to know law enforcement agencies across the
to then-Chief of Police David Bejarano. the area, the people and the crooks. By country. Hands down, the San Diego
Following his assignment to Com- stopping crime before it started and Police Department is the best because
manding Officer of Northern Division, having a greater presence, the WECAN of our group of very professional men
Chief Long was promoted to Assistant program made a difference in building and women in uniform.”
Chief of Police over Patrol Operations a community that supports the police.
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* Upcoming EvEnt * Upcoming EvEnt * Upcoming EvEnt * Upcoming EvEnt * Upcoming EvEnt * Upcoming EvEnt *
SDPOA to Host Blood Drive: April 3
It’s something that you probably don’t think about often, at
least until you cut yourself shaving, catch your arm on a sharp
corner or have a run-in with an angry feline foe. But if you are
one of the many people who need or know someone who needs a
transfusion, you may think about blood a little more frequently.
The San Diego Police Officers Association is proud to host
another San Diego Blood Bank “Life Saving Event” at the POA
office on Thursday, April 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The
importance of blood donation and constantly renewing the
blood supply in San Diego County cannot be stressed enough.
The San Diego Blood Bank provides blood to approximately 50 son of Scott Santagata
hospitals throughout Southern California and must collect 400
pints of blood daily for transfusions to patients battling blood
disorders, including aplastic anemia, sickle cell anemia and leu- and Mellissa Santagata
kemia, and patients entering hospitals for trauma treatments. (Communications) was
After donating a unit (about one pint) of blood, the whole
diagnosed with leuke-
blood is separated into component parts, which can be trans-
fused into patients who only need specific components. The mia in December 2005.
component parts include: Your blood donation to
• Plasma: Fluid portion of blood containing water, albumin, the San Diego Blood Bank at the POA Blood
hormones and clotting factors
• Red Cells: Carry oxygen from the lungs to all the tissues in Drive will help ensure that blood is available
the body and return carbon dioxide to the lungs for Wilson and patients like him.
• White Cells: Protect against disease and infections
• Platelets: Small plate-shaped cells that cluster together to
help form blood clots when bleeding occurs
Some transfusions can take up to 50 units of whole blood, such month’s blood drive, we are highlighting Wilson Santagata.
as an auto accident, depending on the severity of injuries. Heart Wilson is the son of Scott Santagata, SDPD Northeastern Divi-
surgery generally involves a transfusion of the red cells taken sion and Mellissa Santagata, SDPD Communications. He was
from 60 units as well as two platelets from automated collection. diagnosed with leukemia in December 2005 when he was two
Organ transplants require between 10-40 red cells, 5-10 plate- and a half years old. He is currently in remission, but he will
lets, 20 cryoprecipitate (a frozen blood product prepared from undergo chemotherapy for one more year. You can make a dif-
plasma), and 25 fresh frozen plasma. Bone marrow transplants ference in life by ensuring that blood is available for Wilson
require 20 red cells and 25-100 platelets and treatment for a and patients like him by donating today. Please let us know if
third-degree burn can require 20 red cells and 20 platelets. you or someone you know (a family member, friend or specific
According to the average distribution of the blood types in community member) is in need of blood transfusions and we
the U.S., the most common blood type is O+ (38%) with A+ would love to highlight them, encouraging even more people to
running a close second (34%). AB- is the rarest at 1% of people donate during our next blood drive.
having this blood type. AB+ (3%) is the universal recipient, al- If you can donate on April 3, please consider making an ap-
lowing AB+ people to receive red blood cells from any blood pointment to save yourself wait time. You can make an ap-
type. O- (7%) is the universal donor and AB- is the universal pointment by going to www.sandiegobloodbank.org. If you are
plasma donor. The San Diego Blood Bank frequently has spe- a registered donor, please click “donor login” on the right. You
cific requests for AB donors to donate plasma and for O, A and can also click “appointments” on the left side and click “make
B donors to donate red cells. Donations from all blood types an appointment at a mobile blood drive.” Then select “search
are needed and appreciated regardless of your blood type. by sponsor code” and type SDP1 in the search area. Click on
Blood donation is a simple process that saves lives. (And, 4/3/08 to reach the available appointment schedule (Please
can anyone think of a better reason to have a donut and not note that you may be asked to login or register as a new donor
hit the gym?) Refreshments are provided after you make your at this point). Alternately, you can call 1-800-4MY-SDBB to
donation and donors are instructed to avoid strenuous activity schedule an appointment – just be sure to use the SDP1 code to
and heavy lifting for 24 hours after donation. ensure that your donation is credited to the SDPOA account.
All donations that are taken on Thursday, April 3 will be If you can’t make it to the mobile blood drive at the POA of-
added to the SDPOA account with the San Diego Blood Bank. fice, you can make a donation at any of the five donor centers
We had an excellent turnout of donors back in April 2007 when across the county. We hope to see you here!
we highlighted Tyler Armijo, retired SDPD officer Ted Armi- (Sources: http://www.sandiegobloodbank.org/donating_
jo’s grandson, who was in need of blood transfusions. In this blood/blood_donation_faq.php)
April 2008 | 5
By Herb Smith, SDPD Chaplain
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is Israel Trip - Coming November 2008
from God; and every one who loves is born of We would like our law enforcement com-
God and knows God. The one who does not munity (and family and friends) to consider
love does not know God, for God is love” (I a remarkable opportunity to travel to Israel
John 4:7-8). on Nov. 6th-19th. We had an outstand-
ing trip last year with officers from here
January was hardly half-spent before the
and New York, and Det. Phil Bozarth has
ubiquitous Valentine’s Day cards began lining
put together another fabulous trip for this
store shelves everywhere. That we celebrate
year, now in conjunction with a humanitar-
this dear saint’s life and martyrdom for his
ian group in Israel called Bridges for Peace,
Christian testimony by expressing our love for
designed with police officers/ firefighters in
one another is not a bad thing, though it has
mind. Phil and I were approached by several
evolved into a primarily romantic one.
officers to organize this for SDPD officers af-
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, ter we went to Israel last year with a group
that one lay down his life for his friends” (John of 9/11 survivors. We have reserved air fare
15:13). This is what Saint Valentine in rever- through Delta Airlines for 25 people from
ence for Jesus did, and was killed for it, as was San Diego to Tel Aviv. We also have reserva-
Jesus. Love is a powerful, compelling emotion, tions at the hotels for (11) nights, including:
and we rightly venerate those who have spent
(1) night in Tel Aviv
themselves in the pursuit of it for others. But
what constrains the heart to cast off self-con- (3) nights on the Sea of Galilee
cern and sacrifice all for the sake of another? (2) nights in Jordan
What makes true love real, and real love true?
(5) nights in Jerusalem
God’s gift of divine agape Love produces in
us a pure heart and a clear conscience from The tour will include the major sites in Is-
a sincere faith. This is so needed because we rael, including the Roman ruins in Caesaea
are driven in life by one of two things: either and Bet Shean, Nazareth, Mt. Hermon, Mt.
we are fleeing from failure and consequence or, Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, River Jordan,
because of that gift, are flying forward into a fu- Dead Sea, the Mountain fortress of Masada,
ture with confidence. Mt. Nebo & Petra in Jordan, Bethlehem
and Jerusalem, including the Mt. of Olives,
It is either fear that beats us down or, encoun- Western Wall (and tunnel), Temple Mount
tering God’s grace, faith which beckons us on- Southern steps and other sites in the Old City
ward. The freedom of faith in the God of all (the complete list is available on request,
hope transforms us from selfish living into a with an application if desired). We will have
living sacrifice of service toward others. Being a free day in Jerusalem and one day devoted
content and at rest in the providential keeping to visiting a Jerusalem police station com-
of a Sovereign God Who delights in our wel- bined with humanitarian aid.
fare and fellowship, and by His pain takes ours
Phil recently returned to Israel in Febru-
away, what then do we lack that we haven’t also
ary to set up a day of ministry to the folks of
received, and what then shall we fear? Those
Israel. In Jerusalem, he was able to arrange
who live in the washing and regeneration of
a tour of a Border Police station and visit
God’s spiritual renewal inherit a gift of righ-
wounded soldiers and terror victims in a lo-
teousness not their own, but then go on to un-
derstand that real Love, Justice and Truth are
an endless repository of overcoming resource We hope you’ll consider this tremendous
and great expectation. opportunity to see Israel like few others can,
and be impacted in a way that will change
The ubiquitous signs of God’s agape Love your life. We can promise you a trip you will
touch every aspect of our lives each day. So the never forget and what has become for all
joy of being His flesh and blood greeting card those who have gone a defining moment in
of truly real love to others vaults us forward their lives. Please let us know if you have any
unto the day of eternity. “There is no fear in questions. Golden Eagle Travel & Tours are
love; perfect love casts out fear… he who fears organizing the travel details. Call us at Herb
is not perfected in love. We love because He - (858) 486-1926 or Phil (858) 829-6188 for
first loved us” (vv.18-19). more information.
6 | The Informant
The Crime Files
By Steve Willard
With the presidential election season when he found himself elected sheriff cessful in his presidential reelection
unfolding, it’s interesting to look at the of Erie County by 303 votes. He took bid in 1888, Cleveland reemerged suc-
backgrounds of the candidates run- office in January 1871. The new career cessfully in his third campaign in 1892,
ning. For as long as took him away from making him the only president in his-
anyone can remem- the practice of law tory to be reelected after a prior defeat.
ber, the men (and for but the rewards were
Throughout his tenure he was known
the first time ever, incredible. A salary
for his independence and controversy
one woman) seeking of twenty thousand
in his cabinet appointments, often at
the nations highest dollars per year!
odds with his political party. He even-
office have been DC
In September of tually retired to his home in New Jersey
insiders or former
1872, Sheriff Cleve- where he subsequently died in 1908.
governors or sena-
land was faced with
tors. But now let’s go Today, history judges Stephen Gro-
a moral dilemma.
back more than 100 ver Cleveland as one of the most hon-
years, to a different est men to ever serve as president even
era. In a period of if the legacy of his accomplishments
was sent to be hung
less than ten years, as the commander in chief isn’t well
but Cleveland had issues with capital
there were two presidents who, at one known. His face is forever immortal-
punishment. As the top lawman in the
time in their professional careers, were ized on the $1000 dollar bill, though
county, Cleveland could have washed
former law enforcement officers. the bills are no longer circulated.
his hands of the affair by paying a dep-
The first was the 22nd president, uty $10 to perform the duty. By the
Stephen Grover Cleveland. The only time the issue came around, Cleveland
president to serve two non-consecu- had already demonstrated he was not
tive terms, Cleveland was defeated by the type of sheriff to delegate the less
Benjamin Harrison in 1888 when he desirable duties to someone else and
first ran for re-election. Cleveland chal- he chose to handle the matter himself.
lenged Harrison again in 1892 and won By the end of the year, Cleveland had
a second term. personally hung not only Morrissey
but also Jack Gaffney, a well-known In the May issue, we’ll discuss the oth-
Before becoming president, Grover
gambler who had been found guilty of er president who took a law enforce-
Cleveland, a career democrat, began
shooting a man over a card game. ment road to the White House, Teddy
his professional career in January 1863
as a deputy DA for Erie County, New Upon completion of his term as Sheriff,
York. Later that year, Congress passed Cleveland returned to his law practice Save the Date
the Conscription Act of 1863 which re- in Buffalo, New York. Many predicted The 5th Annual
quired able-bodied men to serve in the that he was through with politics, as Legends Behind the Badge
army if called upon. A draft notice ar- he had been regarded as too much of a Gala and Awards Ceremony
rived shortly thereafter and Cleveland non-partisan, frequently clashing with is coming up on
took advantage of a provision in the the old line democrats.
law that allowed him to hire someone
Thursday, May 15
They were wrong. at the US Grant Hotel.
to take his place. Cleveland promptly
paid a thirty two year old Polish immi- In 1881, Cleveland was elected mayor The event benefits the
grant named George Benninsky $150 of Buffalo, and a year later became the San Diego Police Historical
to go off and fight in the Civil War. governor of New York State. He was Association and the San
recognized for his stance against cor- Diego Police Museum.
In 1865, Cleveland ran for the office of Sponsorships and tables are
ruption, and credited with the slogan,
district attorney. He narrowly lost the available.
“public office is public trust.” In 1884
election to his friend and roommate, Please call 619-233-5008 or
he became the democratic nominee,
republican Lyman K. Bass. email: CiaraMP@pacbell.net
and was elected the 22nd president of
Cleveland practiced law until 1870 the United States. Having been unsuc-
April 2008 | 7
It’s Scholarship Time! Feel free to direct any questions to the
Application Deadline: Noon - Monday, April 14, 2008 SDPOA office 858-573-1199
We are pleased to announce the avail- RULES & GUIDELINES
ability of scholarships to assist children • 2007 recipients are ineligible in • College students who do not have
of our members in pursuing their edu- 2008, but may submit applications a minimum high school GPA of 3.0
cation. Scholarships are available be- next year. must include transcripts that show the
cause of the generous donations from • 2006 recipients, and prior, are eligi- applicant has maintained a minimum
individuals, businesses and organiza- ble to submit applications this year. GPA of 3.0 for at least two complete
tions in support of our law enforcement • Two-time scholarship recipients are semesters of college/junior college
community. no longer eligible. AND submit high school transcripts.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA • Applications are available at the POA •
• Son or daughter of an SDPOA mem- office or will be emailed upon request. • High school seniors, or graduates who
ber – active, retired or deceased. • Applications must be at the POA of- have not attended college, must sub-
• High school graduate or senior fice by Noon – Monday, April 14, mit transcripts confirming cumula-
scheduled to graduate by June 30, 2008. tive GPA for not less than four years.
2008. • Late or incomplete applications will • Seniors graduating in June are ex-
• Currently enrolled in or formally ac- not be considered – fax not accepted. empt from providing final quarter/
cepted to a trade school, junior col- • Original or photocopy of transcripts semester grades, but may include first
lege, college or graduate school and MUST accompany application. three quarters/first semester grades
scheduled to begin study by March • Applications will be reviewed by the if desired.
1, 2009. Scholarship Committee. • Undergraduate and graduate college
• Minimum overall cumulative high • Notification letters will be mailed to students must include transcripts
school GPA of 3.0 or completion of all applicants mid May. confirming grades for all college
• Two or more college semesters with • Recipients will be invited to the Schol- courses completed AND high school
a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. arship Awards Brunch in June. transcripts.
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Celebrating 25 Years
The 25-Year Watch Luncheon was held at Charlie’s Restaurant at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley on February
7, 2008. The 25 Year Watch Luncheon honors and celebrates the men and women who reached the 25 year milestone with
the San Diego Police Department between July-December 2007.
The officers who reach the 25 year mark are held in high regard for their dedication to their job and the community. Their
wealth of experience and knowledge they have gained over the past 25 years is priceless and we look forward to their contri-
butions to San Diego in the future as well.
Along with SDPOA Board Members, 25 Year Watch recipients were congratulated by Chief Lansdowne and Assistant Chiefs
Cheryl Meyers, Joel Bryden, Howard Kendall, David Ramirez and Boyd Long.
Congratulations to the 25 Year Watch
recipients: Donald J. Borinski, Donald
R. Cone, Tyrone H. Crosby, Denise F. Dai-
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San Diego Police Officers Scott Spillane and Adam Sharki
Recognized as CRIA Officers of the Year
Reported by Detective Gerry Kramer
San Diego Police Officers Scott Spillane and Adam Sharki because of their heroic actions on April 18, 2007. Shortly
were recently recognized by the California Robbery Inves- after midnight, Officers Spillane and Sharki were driving on
tigators Associations (CRIA) with the Officer of the Year University Ave. when they observed a male run from the “F
Award. The California Robbery Investigators Association Street Bookstore” at Florida and University Ave.
is an organization comprised of over 3,000 members, both
They turned around to investigate and saw the suspect turn
sworn and civilian. The organization was formed over 35
the corner and disappear into darkness. After seeing a ve-
years ago to promote a closer relationship among robbery
hicle pull from the curb at the same time and with nothing
investigators throughout the state. CRIA is committed to
else was moving in their sight, they turned and followed the
encouraging more extensive and rapid dissemination and
vehicle based on pure instinct that something was not right.
exchange of information concerning robbery suspects and
CRIA holds an annual training seminar and awards banquet
in the first week of February. The presentation of the annual
“CRIA Officer of the Year Award” is the highlight of the ban-
quet, honoring individuals for their outstanding contribu-
tion to law enforcement. In order to be considered for the
award, candidates must work in a non-investigative capacity
and be nominated by an investigator for outstanding police
work in a robbery related crime or investigation.
Officer Spillane and Sharki’s were nominated by SDPD Rob-
bery Detective Tom Levenberg for CRIA Officers of the Year
Dan ZeiDman, esq.
Law Offices Of Dan ZeiDman They followed the vehicle into the cul-de-sac of 1900 Lincoln
260 East Chase Avenue, Suite 201 l El Cajon, California 92020
Phone: 619-440-3232 l Fax: 619-440-7864 Ave. The driver pulled the vehicle to the curb in total dark-
firstname.lastname@example.org ness. The officers activated their overhead lights and ap-
proached the vehicle. Stoically, the driver sat in the vehicle
and did not offer any response when Officer Spillane asked
him several times if he had just left the bookstore. As Officer
Spillane got closer to the vehicle, Officer Sharki was covering
on the passenger side of the vehicle. Officer Shakri saw a
glimmer of a gun coming up from between the driver’s legs.
Providing legal services to peace officers and their families through- Just as Officer Sharki yelled “gun,” the driver pulled out the
out San Diego County in personal injury, wrongful death, insurance gun and fired several shots at Officer Spillane. Officer Spill-
law and defamation since 1986.
Recipient of the prestigious “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” award by ane backed away, returning fire almost immediately. Officer
the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, aka San Diego Trial Lawyers Sharki also returned fire and they stopped the threat.
Proven trial lawyer for injured law enforcement officers and their The facts of the case were submitted to an awards committee
families (sample cases below): comprised of law enforcement officers from throughout the
1. $700,000 jury verdict for San Diego deputy sheriff state and private industry. They were selected from numer-
2. $595,000 jury verdict for National City police sergeant
ous nominations throughout the Southern California area
3. $780,000 settlement for San Diego police officer
4. $350,000 court verdict for defamed San Diego police officer, (all counties and cities south of Ventura County.)
plus a ruling on the constitutionality of Civil Code § 47.5 - Def-
amation of a Peace Officer [Loshonkohl v. Kinder (2003) 109 At the ceremony, Officers Spillane and Sharki were present-
Cal.App. 4th 510] ed with plaques after Richard Long, Ret. Lt. Newport Beach
5. $1,800,000 settlement for family members of police officer PD and VP of 3SI Security, provided a vivid account of the
6. $900,000 settlement for San Diego police officer
incident. Captain Sarah Creighton, Sgt. Tish Taylor, Sgt. Tod
7. Successful litigation in breach of right to privacy case for 90 law
enforcement households, totaling over 300 family members. Bassett and Sgt. Charles Lara from Western Division attend-
No Recovery No Attorney Fees ed the presentation in support of their officers.
April 2008 | 11
SDPD Backgrounds & Recruiting Unit
Reveals Tricks of the Trade
By Tiffany Watkins
The Backgrounds and Recruiting Unit uses its professional grounds and Recruiting Unit has created special opportuni-
forces to bring in many highly qualified candidates to pursue ties in which background investigators help out at recruiting
a public safety career with the San Diego Police Department. events. Markland mentioned that it’s great to see captains,
“We have candidates with Bachelor and Master’s degrees lieutenants and sergeants running side-by-side recruits.
and military backgrounds,” said Lieutenant Albert Guader- “Numbers are increasing because of recruiters’ creativity,
rama of Background Investigations. “We have a former presi- not because everybody suddenly wanted to become cops this
dential helicopter pilot along with a few attorneys.” past year,” said Kindred. People still want to be police of-
He added that the recruiting team has recently recruited a ficers regardless of the fact it’s not the highest paid job, but
rocket scientist, professional hockey player and a set of iden- because it’s fun.
tical twins. “We are salesmen and the police department is our prod-
Officer Vernon Kindred said the chief’s office has given the uct,” said Markland. “We have a passion for our law en-
Backgrounds and Recruiting Unit the appropriate personnel forcement agency. We talk about real-life, on the job stories
and resources to increase their productivity. The recruiting regarding the heroic deeds and that’s what gets people mo-
vans that double as mobile billboards are noted as one of their tivated.”
most important resources. Lieutenant Guaderrama, the unit’s leader admitted they
“Our recruiters are in front of the tables at the professional are putting more people through the academy without ac-
career fairs, not behind them,” said Sergeant Randy Jones. cess to the financial resources that many other agencies
He noted that SDPD recruiters are proactive and like to ap- have, such as a one-million dollar budget to further their re-
proach potential recruits at these fairs to give them more cruitment efforts. He added the unit’s employees have had
information about what the San Diego Police Department to get creative in their recruiting efforts and the events they
offers. Recruiters also make their presence known at com- choose to attend.
munity events where they are the only law enforcement agen- Captain Robert Kanaski of Training and Volunteer Ser-
cy in attendance, such as December Nights in Balboa Park. vices said the unit’s detectives make phone calls to the appli-
“The future here is so bright I have to wear sunglasses,” cants’ references instead of waiting for the reference letters
said Officer Steve Markland. Markland plays his harmonica to slowly make it back to the unit. The police investigative
at recruiting events to draw people to the recruitment booth aide position was an addition to the unit to help with the ap-
where he educates people about careers in law enforcement. plicant’s background package.
He likes to get people at the events inside the police car to ex- According to Sergeant Kelly Johnson of Background In-
perience the excitement and watch their jaws drop once they vestigations, the unit has been able to get applicants pro-
are inside. cessed within four months without lowering standards. She
New avenues of recruiting have opened. In addition to their explained they have taken a proactive stance in mentoring
regular 10 hour, four day work week, recruiters attend night viable candidates through the hiring process to help them
seminars and weekend orientations. They put in many hours obtain and keep the job.
of travel to enable them to reach out to potential recruits. “The recruiting events have increased by one-hundred
Unit members sometimes work seven days a week to help percent,” said Johnson. “Everyone in the unit is included in
build the San Diego Police Department’s future. The Back- recruiting.”
12 | The Informant
She said detectives are taking ownership of applicants be- clerical team and exploit every available resource at our dis-
ginning at recruiting through their successful completion of posal,” said Corissa Pich, Background Investigations Senior
the training process. Even the clerical team helps at recruit- Clerk Typist. “This means at times, each of the different team
ing events to draw in more police officer prospects. members of the unit and even city test, brainstorm and offer
“Officers can have a part in re-building the San Diego Po- feedback to find creative ways to achieve our objectives.”
lice Department,” said Johnson. She added this can be ac- She also pointed out that the San Diego Police Depart-
complished when any department employee recommends a ment’s 72nd Academy recruits won more awards than any
qualified candidate to be a potential police officer. An incen- other agency present at the academy graduation on October
tive for the recommending party is that he or she is eligible 11, 2007. Recruits Lianne Stone won the academics award,
to receive two discretionary days off work if their candidate Eric Hustad won the firearms award and Joel Van Proyen
successfully makes it through the academy. SDPD officers won the Hartless award.
have shown up to physical agility tests to cheer on the people “Our biggest strength is the people within the depart-
they recommended. ment,” said Kanaski. “They are innovative and proactive.”
Police officer applicants are tested three times a month on Kanski also indicated the Backgrounds and Recruiting team
a Friday, Saturday and an evening test on a Wednesday. The is always looking for ways to introduce the department and
recruiting unit tests over 260 applicants each month and the get our message out about why law enforcement is such a
numbers are increasing. They test locally in California and great career. If any officers have comments or suggestions,
are venturing out to other states as well. In October 2007, the San Diego Police Department Backgrounds and Recruit-
they tested in Minnesota and Arizona. In April 2008, they ing Unit can be reached at 619-531-2148.
will test in an Ohio location that covers the Ohio, Indiana
and Michigan tri-state area. About the author – Tiffany Watkins is a word processing opera-
tor for the San Diego Police Department Human Resources Unit.
The department has developed partnerships with local
colleges and universities, including Palomar, Grossmont,
Southwestern College and Cal State University San Marcos Pictured in the photo on the opposite page is the
and San Diego State University, to gain access to graduating San Diego Police Department Recruiting Team.
students. Top Row (left to right): Detective Dawn Wolfe, De-
The recruiting unit has also worked with local military tective Angelica Navarro-Moran, Detective Lori Adams,
bases such as Camp Pendleton, Twenty-Nine Palms, 32nd Sergeant Randy Jones, Detective Wendy Reno, Detec-
Street Naval Station and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar tive Mike Rabell, Detective Pamela Paxton, Detective
to gain access to potential SDPD recruits who are leaving the Ken Verdone, Police Investigative Aide Jennifer Rich,
military. Police Officer Recruit Charles Walls, Detective Frank
Rivera, Sergeant Kelly Johnson, Detective CJ Schlack.
“We have a lot to offer,” said Kanaski. “The city of San
Diego is diverse.” Kanaski added that new employees who Middle Row: Senior Clerk Typist Corissa Pich, Word
come on board have many opportunities for career advance- Processing Operator Julie Shaw, Dispatch Recruiter Candi
ment to detective, the narcotics task force and special teams, Hoff, Detective Kim Newbold, Police Officer Silvia Brown.
such as SWAT, to name a few. Bottom Row: Police Officer Ruben Gutierrez, Lieutenant
“The city is at it’s greatest it’s ever been for growth,” said Albert Guaderrama, Police Officer Vernon Kindred, Police
Kanaski. “There’s a huge metamorphosis going on.” Officer Steve Markland, Sergeant Rich Freedman, Detec-
tive Mary Sandoval and Police Officer Theresa Pappert.
“On the clerical side to manage the massive increase in
police officer recruit applicants, we have reevaluated and Not pictured: Captain Robert Kanaski, Detective Chris-
implemented different procedures to effectively utilize our topher Asbell and Police Officer Mariam Sadri.
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James “Sonny” Crockett
• Crockett was a Metro-Dade Police Department detective sergeant
TV Cops: working undercover in Miami with his partner Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs
• Crocket had a penchant for wearing pastel colored t-shirts under Ital-
Some Good, ian sport coats, sleeves rolled up whenever possible
• Crockett is a former University of Florida Gators football star, he once
Some Bad, ran a 92-yard screen pass in for a touchdown in the last 6 seconds of
Some Ugly a game.
• In 1974, he became a Metro-Dade uniformed patrol officer, and later became a detec-
tive in the Vice Unit.
• His undercover persona was Sonny Burnett, a middleman and drug runner, who drove
a Ferrari Daytona Spyder and he lived on a sailboat with his pet alligator Elvis.
Played by Don Johnson
Law & Order
Turner & Hooch
• Badge number is 8220
• Police detective • Briscoe was a senior detective in the Homicide Department of the
New York City Police Department's 27th Precinct
aimed to trans-
• Born on January 2, 1940
fer to the Sac-
• Briscoe was a corporal in the United States Army, serving in the Viet-
nam War. After leaving the Army, Briscoe joined the NYPD in the
29th Precinct and walked a beat there with stops at the 31st, 33rd,
110th, and 116th Precincts before rising to the rank of detective.
• Turner adopted Hooch, a large Played by Jerry Orbach
Dogue de Bordeaux, after the
murder of the dog’s previous Robert Charles Barone
owner. Turner pleaded with his Everybody Loves Raymond
police chief to let him take the • Stands 6’ 8.5” tall
murder case. • Barone has been a New York City Police Department Officer for 27
• Turner, with the help of Hooch, years. He recently attained the rank of Lieutenant. Barone was ac-
eventually uncovered a money knowledged by the NYPD for never being absent one day of his career.
smuggling and laundering op- • Barone once stoped an armed robbery at Nemo’s Pizza while his broth-
eration led by his chief er, Ray, hid under a table
• Turner accepted a promotion • Barone separates his “Good and Plenty” candies into groups - ‘Goods’ and ‘Plenties’
to police chief and declined the with a third category for misshapen ones called ‘Cuties’
transfer to Sacramento Played by Brad Garrett
• Turner was once quoted saying Andy Sipowicz
“these are the simple rules. No NYPD Blue
barking, now growling, you will • Detective in the 15th Precinct on the lower east side of Manhattan.
not lift your leg to anything in • Born in Brooklyn on April 7, 1948
this house. This is not your room. • Childhood job was a shop attendant in a candy store
No slobbering, no chewing, you • Sipowicz served in the United States Army, doing an 18-month tour in
will wear a flea collar. This is not Vietnam which he did not like to talk about.
your room. No begging for food, • Sipowicz worked in Robbery Squad, but he transferred to the 15th Precinct by the
no sniffing of crotches, and you mid-1980s. He received the gold shield of Detective Third Grade in 1978.
will not drink from my toilet. • Sipowicz was shot six times in an ambush by a mobster named Alphonse Giardella
This is not your room.” • In 2003, Sipowicz became the squad commander at the 15th Precinct
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“April 1st: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what
we are on the other three-hundred and sixty-four.”~ Mark Twain
Though April Fools’ Day is not an official in which a Swiss woman was harvesting spaghetti from
holiday on its own, it is celebrated around trees. Hundreds of viewers called the BBC. Some skep-
the world. Best known as the day to play tics questioned the authenticity of the story, but oth-
practical jokes with an occasional hoax, the ers asked for more information about spaghetti cultiva-
origins of the day are still debated. Some tion and how they could grow their own spaghetti trees.
believe that it was once a festival celebrating the vernal equi- The BBC reportedly told them to “place a sprig of spa-
nox, running from March 25 to April 2. ghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”
In 14th century Europe, the French are credited with being the • Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page
fools and the foolers on April Fool’s Day. Before the adoption advertisement in The New York Times announcing that
of the Gregorian calendar, New Years Day was traditionally they had purchased the Liberty Bell to “reduce the country’s
celebrated on April 1. When France officially changed its new debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell.” Thousands
year’s observance to January in 1564, the previous April new of people protested the sale until it was revealed at noon
year’s celebration was gone. The story goes that those who on April 1 that it was a joke. When asked about the sale,
were not aware of the switch fell victim to silly gifts, unusual White House press secretary Mike McCurry joked that the
behavior and general tomfoolery by those who were already Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth
in the know. be known as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
In France, those who are fooled are called poisson d’avril, or • Left Handed Whoppers: In 1998, Burger King ran an ad in
April fish. Traditionally, the French celebrated April Fool’s USA Today, saying that people could get a Whopper for left-
Day by placing dead fish on the backs of those fooled. Children handed people whose condiments were designed to drip out
now spend April Fool’s Day trying to sneak paper versions of of the right side. Some customers ordered the new burgers,
fish onto their friends backs and celebrate fish-shaped candy and some specifically ordered the “old,” right-handed burger.
and cookies. • Tower of Pisa: A Dutch television news station reported once
A look at some of the best April Fool’s Day jokes in the 1950s that the leaning Tower of Pisa had fallen over.
• Spaghetti trees: The BBC television show Panorama ran • The Canadian news site bourque.org announced in 2002 that
a famous hoax in 1957, airing a three minute segment Finance Minister Paul Martin had resigned “in order to breed
prize Charolais cattle and handsome Fawn Runner ducks.”
April 2008 | 17
Celebrate Earth Day Save the Date!
April 22, 2008 Narcotics Task Force
As concern for the environment in- to protect the environment and drew 35th Anniversary
creases, Earth Day has evolved into a attention that lead to the creation of
the US Environmental Protec-
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Nelson is often credited with Earth Day continues to
being the founder of Earth be celebrated each year on Golf Tournament
Day. At a time when “teach- April 22, but it has now Doubletree Golf Resort
ins” and protests were grown exponentially. Over 14455 Penasquitos Drive, San Diego
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Nelson took a grassroots ap- Day. Earth Day 2007 had an $60.00 per golfer (includes continen-
proach to push the environment estimated one billion people par- tal breakfast and bag lunch)
to the forefront of the national agenda. ticipating in events around the world.
On April 22, 1970, over 20 million In our own backyard, Earth Day Dinner
2008 will be celebrated with Earth- San Diego Police Department Range
people from thousands of schools and
Fair in Balboa Park on Sunday, April 4008 Federal Boulevard, San Diego
hundreds of communities across the
20 from 10am - 5pm. The 19th an- 5:00 pm hors d’oeuvres
country attended the first Earth Day
nual EarthFair draws 60,000 visitors 6:00 pm dinner
rallies and demonstrations in favor of
and is put on by 400 volunteers and $20.00 per person
environmental reform. The attention
to this event was remarkable because features exhibitors, food stands, en-
tertainment and parades. Exhibitors Please email NTF35@yahoo.com to
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public. The first Earth Day played a
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significant role in convincing U.S. offi-
cials that the environment needed pro- vehicles, ecotourism opportunities
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April 2008 | 19
A Recent Survey Divulges Public Impression of San Diego Police Officers
By Bob Wickers and Noeline Arulg- majority of voters (69%) are willing to violence, murder, and drugs and drug
nanendran back proposals to establish a dedicated dealing, respectively, should be the top
and sustainable revenue source that three focus area priorities of the San
Are San Diego Police officers doing a would be used to exclusively fund the Diego Police Department.
good job? Are they fairly compensated Police Department budget. Currently,
for the work they do? Are city officials sixty percent (60%) of respondents be- Most city residents are not worried
doing enough to keep officers from lieve police officers are being paid “too about becoming a victim of crime, nor
leaving the force? These are just a few little” and a significant do they fear that a fam-
of the questions our firm asked in a re- majority of voters feel
San Diego police officers ily member of theirs
cent survey we conducted a among San they deserve to be paid should be paid at a level might fall victim. An
Diego residents – both registered and more. equal to what other law overwhelming majority
considered likely to vote in this June’s enforcement agencies in of people who required
primary election. There’s a general per- our region are paying the assistance of a San
ception that the Mayor Diego police officer
We also set out to measure the general and City Council are
their officers. were satisfied with the
political environment in the city, as not doing enough to fight crime in the response time of the police officer.
well as to test specific issues related to city (52% of respondents) and that this
upcoming elections for offices such as needs to change. A majority of voters Residents of San Diego believe illegal
Mayor and City Attorney. The primary feel it’s important for local government immigration is the most important is-
focus, however, was placed on testing to support their city police officers; and sue facing the city today, with the econ-
public perception of the job being done a full eighty-three percent (83%) be- omy and crime tying for second place.
by police officers in San Diego, and the lieve “San Diego Police Officers should Half of the residents believe the city has
fairness in the level of compensation be paid at a level equal to what other gotten off on the wrong track and still,
they receive for their work. law enforcement agencies in our region overall, they are optimistic about their
are paying their officers.” economic perspectives and a major-
The overall results were positive and ity believe they will be better off or the
reinforced some pre-conceived no- San Diego residents – and maybe more same a year from now.
tions; but the study also revealed a level importantly, voters – want their elect-
of dissatisfaction with the support – or ed officials to provide financial incen- In the upcoming elections, City Attor-
lack of support – San Diego Police of- tives that will help retain the most ex- ney Mike Aguirre will face a formidable
ficers are receiving from our elected of- perienced, veteran officers on the force. challenge from Judge Jan Goldsmith,
San Diego police officers In fact, voters support as the public is more displeased than
police officers strongly pleased with his job performance to
San Diego police officers are held in high esteem enough to be swayed date. There are significantly more vot-
are held in high esteem throughout the by the voting recom- ers who view Mike Aguirre unfavorably
throughout the com- community. mendations of the San than voters who view him favorably. It
munity – eighty-two Diego Police Officers should come as little surprise that, in
percent (82%) rate officers “favorably” Association in the upcoming mayoral a head-to-head match-up, Jan Gold-
– and have the ability to exert a con- and city council elections. smith currently leads Aguirre by 13
siderable influence over the upcoming points and more than half of the city’s
elections. Voters not only have a posi- Support for police officers is unaffected residents feel it’s time to give someone
tive opinion of and strongly support by the fact that more than a third of new a chance in the City Attorney’s of-
the police officers, but a full sixty-one the city’s residents believe the crime fice.
percent (61%) believe they are doing an rate has increased during the past two
above average job. years, while another third believe it has On the other hand, Mayor Jerry Sand-
stayed the same. Burglary is the most ers is better-positioned for his upcom-
Public support for city police officers common crime in the area, followed ing re-election campaign against Steve
is high enough that an overwhelming by auto theft. Residents believe gang Francis. Mayor Sanders enjoys greater
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By Bill Farrar, Vice President, Retired Fire & Police Association
Superior Court Judge Office #3 team was the Hot Guac Cops, police of-
Blaine Bowman ficers from the Western Division. Photos
from the Guacamole Bowl are on page 23.
ues to evolve. Superior Court Judge Office #19
The Presidential Paul Cooper
races are start-
ing to shake Superior Court Judge Office #45
out with fewer Evan Kirvin
candidates in Mayor of San Diego
the running. No endorsement
finds us focusing mainly on the City San Diego City Attorney
Attorney’s race. Mr. Aguirre has ap- No endorsement
proached several Democratic orga- San Diego City Council District #1
nizations seeking an early endorse- No endorsement
ment. Directors from your RF&PA
along with other City employee San Diego City Council District #3
groups attend every one of these No endorsement
meetings to get our message across San Diego City Council District #5
that Mike Aguirre is no friend of City
workers. The BAR investigation of
allegations of misconduct continues. San Diego City Council District #7
Perhaps it will be completed by the Marti Emerald The annual memorial for firefighters
June primary election. and police officers was Sunday March
By now retired SDPD police Captain
9 at 2 pm at El Camino Memorial Park.
Half of the City Council seats are David Hall should be sitting on the
The RF&PA board attended along with
termed out at the end of this year. SDCERS Board as the retiree repre-
Fire Chief Tracy Jarman and Police
Candidates are emerging in each of sentative replacing Carmen Lutes who
Chief Bill Lansdowne. The names of our
the odd numbered districts. By the recently resigned. We welcome Dave at
retired police officers and firefighters
time you read this all candidates a significant time in SDCERS’ history
that passed away in 2007 were read.
should be identified, as the filing and look forward to his participation in
date was March 7. The Retired Fire resolving many issues. Members are encouraged to attend a po-
& Police Association coordinates its litical debate with the candidates for City
The Guacamole Bowl was March 8 with
political endorsements with the POA Attorney April 8 at the War Memorial
funds to be donated to Sports for Excep-
and the IAFF Local 145. Accordingly, building at 3325 Zoo Dr. The next quar-
tional Athletes. The RF&PA had an entry
we made the following endorsements terly RF&PA lunch will be April 14 at the
with Tom Rouse and Bob Adame serving
at the March 6 Board meeting. Pistol Range. Be there or be square.
up the green stuff. The overall winning (Continued on page 23)
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Retirement Update by Bill Farrar A “Retirement Nuggets” Farewell
(Continued from page 22)
After writing my column, “Nuggets for the Golden Years” for sixteen years and
three months, a total of 144 columns, I have decided that the time has come for me
I stated the following in The Informant
to stop writing the column. It has been an interesting and rewarding experience,
February 2008 RF&PA article regard-
but all good things must end. The enthusiasm I once had is no longer there and
ing Judy Italiano:
many of the sources I once used are no longer available. It is time for a new voice
“The removal of Judy’s years while on to speak for retirees.
leave as MEA President left less than ten I would like to thank all of those members, active and retired, who shared informa-
years in the calculation so SDCERS told tion of interest with me and allowed me to receive credit for informing members of
her just before Christmas that she was the “family” with news and tidbits. I hope that I was successful in getting the mes-
not vested and cancelled her retirement. sages to the right people. I would especially like to thank and praise Gwen and Joe
She went to get some prescriptions filled Gunn for all of the assistance and guidance they provided through the years.
and discovered that her medical insur-
ance was cancelled as well.” I hope that someone will take up the mantle and provide similar information in
the future. Surely, there is someone among our thousands of retired folks who
Mr. Wescoe, Administrator/CEO of can do what I did.
SDCERS, notified The Informant and Again, thanks to all of my friends and “correspondents.” May the good life con-
me that SDCERS did not cancel Judy’s
tinue and may you always enjoy your “Golden Years.”
insurance. I asked for clarification from
MEA attorney Ann Smith and she pro-
vided the following exchange between
her and SDCERS counsel.
“As we also discussed on 1/15/08, SD- Guacamole Bowl
CERS mailed a single notice to Judie
dated 12/26/07 advising her that her The Hot Guac Cops (also known as
“benefit” had been terminated effective Sgt. Sharon McNair and officers Karen
12/1/07 and that “the last day of (medi-
Almos, Misty DeArmas, Janet Wong
cal) Plan coverage” was 12/31/07. No
one at SDCERS contacted Judie to from Western Division, aided by Noe-
advise her otherwise and, thus, the mi DeArmas and Tom Wong), came
rejection of her prescription refills on out on top with the highest rated guac.
1/2/08 was consistent with this written
notice from SDCERS which had arrived
at her home in the mail on 12/31/07 --
the date indicated as the “last day of The avocado and cleaver-wielding
Plan coverage.” Tom Rouse and Bob Adame
“Judie has subsequently learned that dished out guacamole
the rejection of her prescription refill while representing the
requests was apparently the result of a Retired Fire and Police Association.
pharmacy billing change instituted by
Sharp which her pharmacy.... either did
not understand or did not timely imple-
ment. Accordingly, the pharmacy was Southern Division’s Toni Caliri, Manny
entering the wrong billing codes and, Smith, Patrick Shadoan, Cathy Arellano,
thus, her refill requests were rejected Claudia Canto and Colleen Quentin-King
as if she were no longer eligible for the sweetened up the usual guacamole
prescription coverage. The timing, of
course, coincided with Judie’s receipt recipe by adding pomegrante.
of SDCERS’ letter advising that her
plan coverage was being terminated on
12/31/07, and thus she concluded that
this was the reason for rejection of her SDPD Cadets mixed up their own
prescription refill requests.” guacamole to aid the Guacamole Bowl’s
“You have emphasized that SDCERS effort of raising funds for SPORTS for Ex-
did not in fact terminate Judie’s health ceptional Athletes, a San Diego-based sports
insurance. But where in the letter SD- program serving athletes with developmen-
CERS did send to Judie dated 12/26/07
tal disabilities ages 5 through adult
does it say that SDCERS does not really
intend to terminate her health insur-
ance effective December 31, 2007? If
SDCERS did not really mean that her Member Updates: Are you a member who has a newsworthy tidbit
health insurance plan was being termi- you would like to share? Perhaps a recent marriage or birth?
nated on that date, why did SDCERS Please send us a quick email and we’ll try to share your news.
send a letter to this effect?”
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The San Diego Police Officers Association cordially invites you
Peace Officer 17th Annual to an evening of special recognition.
Friday, May 2, 2008
of the Year
6:00 pm Hosted Reception
7:00 pm Dinner and Awards
Awards Banquet San Diego Marriott La Jolla
La Jolla Grand Ballroom
Please join us in honoring outstanding law enforcement officers throughout San Diego County.
Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 per table (10 seats)
Reservations are available through Friday, April 11, 2008
Black tie formal, dress uniform or business attire
Event Proceeds to Benefit the SDPOA Charitable Fund
Please contact us if you know of a group or organization that would like to become a
Platinum, Gold or Silver Badge Sponsor for this event.
For more information, please call the San Diego Police Officers Association at 858-573-1199
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RateMyCop.Com In addition to the possible posting of private information, the
anonymity that the site provides for the posting party gives them
A Problem for Peace Officers free range to make potentially unfounded accusations without
A new website has recently garnered a great deal of attention giving information to enable investigation into issues that need
in law enforcement eyes. Ratemycop.com describes itself as an to be addressed and also without offering an opportunity for
“online watchdog organization with the mission “to compile in- maligned officers to offer their side of a story. Nemec pointed
formation on cops’ performance and to provide a forum where out that in his experience, and likely the experience of the vast
users can freely share individual accounts.” They urge users to majority of other law enforcement agents, people who he has
post stories of appreciation and disapproval. arrested or approached do not admit their own culpability, but
In order to retain the appearance of neutrality, the site be- they are often quick to call into question an officer’s conduct.
gins by encouraging users to leave accounts of cops doing good “If you have a complaint, you can go to the police department
deeds, but they also encourage serious and skewed criticism to make your complaint; we have a duty and an obligation – and
as they also ask “were you involved in an unfortunate alterca- that obligation both moral and legal – to investigate completely
tion?” The mission statement continues “Tell us about it. Tell any complaint that comes to the police department’s attention.
others about it. Let it out. Don’t feel intimidated by the badge to To preserve public trust, we need fully investigate citizen com-
remain quiet” and the tagline of the site is “You have the right plaints,” said Nemec. “But to allow a citizen to anonymously
to remain informed.” The wording of the tagline and latter half post comments about our performance on a website that ev-
of the mission statement does not connote a desire for open erybody can read and the only person who is identified is the
communication; instead it gives the impression of aiming to officer, not the author or the critic, certainly flies in the face of
provoke negativity. the American ideal that you should not make false accusations
The website has law enforcement agencies across the country against somebody or if you are going to make an accusation
concerned over the implications of the site and the San Diego against somebody, you give them an opportunity to rebut the
Police Officers Association is no different. In a recent inter- accusation – good, bad or indifferent.”
view, Bill Nemec, SDPOA President, voiced his disapproval for The website was taken down by the domain citing suspicious
the site. activity, then citing a server overload. The site was later re-
“This was started by a group of people to, as they say, allow stored and access to the site has been intermittent. The web-
the community we serve to have a voice in how we deliver our site’s existence is likely protected under the First Amendment,
services. I find it’s a dubious explanation of the site’s purpose. but law enforcement opposition to the site will continue.
I think the site’s true purpose is to give people who find them- “If we think that there is a legal way that we can challenge the
selves unhappy or on the wrong side of the law an opportunity purpose and intent of starting a website like this, we are going
to vent on this website.” to do it,” said Nemec.
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Stranger than Fiction
Honestly, we couldn’t make it up if we tried...
One angry Oregonian thought it would be a There are countless safety warnings A 25-year-old man recently saun-
good idea to put his profession to use in dis- when you are anywhere near a con- tered into a convenience store in
playing his displeasure with a recent ticket. struction site, but as you well know, Indiana. He approached the clerk,
The 32-year-old tow someone committing a crime is likely proudly displayed his semiautomat-
truck driver attempted to not pay much attention to warnings ic handgun and demanded that she
to tow a police cruiser and rules and such. A recent carjack- hand over cash and cigarettes. The
while the officer was ing attempt was brought to an abrupt clerk reported that he handed her
responding to another call. Eventually, the halt and one of the suspects had to his own white cloth bag to fill – no
officer returned to find his means of trans- deal with the concrete evidence of word on if it was one of the “Save
portation hoisted in the air. The officer his involvement – he got stuck in the the Earth” bags we are all encour-
(understandably) ordered that his car be re- aged to use and re-use at grocery
concrete. The 25-year-old would-be
leased and the dejected tow truck driver co- and convenience stores. Regard-
carjacker attacked a Courtyard Mar-
operated with the officer, until he later locked less, the robber won’t have a chance
riott guest as the guest was loading up
himself in the cab of his tow truck. Accord- to re-use this bag. As the clerk was
ing to a police report, the driver called the his car with luggage. The hotel guest,
filling his bag with the requested
station at this point to lament his tale as he apparently unfazed by being struck by cigarettes, a shot ring out. Surveil-
was “apparently unsatisfied with the police the butt of the gun, grabbed the gun lance cameras confirmed that as the
response he had generated when he tried to from the suspect and fired it in the air, man shoved his gun into the waist-
tow a marked police vehicle.” The manager sending the suspects running. An of- band of his pants, he inadvertently
of the tow company came to assistance, con- ficer followed the suspect into a build- shot himself. He managed to make
vincing the driver to surrender. The driver ing and told him to freeze. The sus- a hobbling getaway and made it as
was subsequently charged with obstructing pect was forced to surrender as he was far as his grandmother’s house a
governmental administration, interfering already ankle-deep in a freshly poured few blocks away. Police were sum-
with a peace officer, unlawful use of a vehicle concrete floor and was tackled by a moned when dispatchers received
and criminal mischief. group of burly construction workers. a call about a man with a gunshot
wound. His straight-talking grand-
Post-It notes can stick it to your desk or wall to serve as bright yellow reminder. It’s a mother was quoted saying “he said
brilliant invention, right? Sadly, some Post-It note users are not so brilliant… Some- he had been shot (and) someone
one spied with their little eye a 64-year-old California man driving a was trying to rob him. In the mean-
car that had been seen at the scene of a bank robbery earlier that day. time, I found out that he was trying
Upon approaching the suspect, officers found a bright yellow clue to rob somebody else.” The man was
to the fact that they found their culprit. The sticky-fingered sticky treated for his wound before being
note user had left his Post-It on the center console of his car. It read arrested and charged with robbery
“Robbery – 100s and 50s only.” and criminal recklessness.
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On the Road...
In honor of the recent start of a (hopefully) winning Padres season, this month’s “On the Road” features a baseball theme.
None of these pictures we taken at Petco Park, but then if they had been, we wouldn’t be able to include them in the “On
the Road” section. The would have to go in an “Around Town” or “Down the Street” section and that just doesn’t seem
quite as entertaining. Thanks for taking us “On the Road” with you!
In Summer 2007, Ernesto Salgado, Andy Rios and
Andy’s son, Andy Jr., went on the road for a tour
of ten historic baseball parks. In addition to visit-
ing Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs (pic-
tured), they also visited Miller Park (Milwaukee),
US Cellular Field (Chicago), Busch Stadium (St.
Louis), Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium (New
York), Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati), Ja-
cobs Field (Cleveland), Citizens Bank Park (Phila-
delphia) and Fenway Park (Boston). They rounded
out the bases with a tour of the Louisville Baseball
Bat factory and by attending the Tony Gwynn Hall
of Fame induction ceremony.
Art Doherty and Ed Murphy brought their copy
of The Informant along with them on a trip to the
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. They
were two of the many fans who turned out on this
day for Padres legend Tony Gwynn’s induction
into the Hall of Fame. Art said that New York State
Troopers were brought in to provide public safety
for the 75,000 people attending the ceremony.
(NY State Trooper Burnette is pictured with Art and Ed)
Baseball players Trenton Brooks (son of Carey
Brooks, Canine, Air Support and Mounted Enforce-
ment), Daniel McManus (son of Terry McManus,
Homicide) and Tyler Sherman (son of Mark Sher-
man, Western Division) took a little time out from
their games in Steamboat Springs, Colorado to
read The Informant. Their 11 and Under Majors
Division baseball team placed third in the nation in
the Triple Crown World Series. Dads had a good
If you’ve recently taken your copy of The Informant on the road with you, please share your pictures!
Send your submission to the editor via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 2008 | 27
An at-a-glance listing of SDPOA,
law enforcement and local events April
Dates to Remember
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5
11 am - 4 pm
6 7 City Attorney 8 9 10 11 12
SDPOA LE & EP
War Memorial Monthly Board
Building 7-9 am
3325 Zoo Drive in the POA Hall
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Quarterly 5k Duran
RF&PA Lunch Border
Pistol Range Run
20 21 22 23 24 STAR/PAL 25 26
Balboa Park Club
11:30 am-1:30 pm
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27 28 29 30
Friday, May 2
Peace Officer of the
Year Awards Banquet
will be on February 23, 2008 at 11:30 at MEMBERS SERVICES:
Tom Hamm’s. Tables are $750 each. Dis-
• As a reminder to the membership, the
SDPOA cussion occurred. Moved to Charity.
POA still offers Wills and Estates.
Board MINUTES: M/S Hubka/Bostedt to ap-
• There was (1) member request this
Minutes prove the December 2007 minutes with no
• Discussion occurred regarding the
changes. Unanimous. Jordon absent. 8-0.
give away of 25 Hawaiian Airline
January 10, 2008 TREASURER/FINANCIAL: M/S Nem- tickets. Sergeants and below, POA
0845 hours ec/Rhodes to accept the Treasurer’s Re- Members only, come in to POA, win-
port for December 2007. Unanimous. ners to be present for media event,
DIRECTORS PRESENT: Nemec, Hub-
Jordon absent for vote. available next Thursday through
ka, Marvel, Sullivan, Jordon (excused
1430), Bostedt (excused: 1624), Paxton, BUDGET-FINANCE: No report. February 14, 2008
Rhodes, Lewis. ADMINISTRATIVE: PORAC: No report.
President Nemec called the meeting to • Smith gave the Board a quote for tree SCALE/CCLEA/BIG 11: No report.
order at 0840 hours and led all present trimming for the outside perimeter POLITICAL ACTION:
in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were of the POA building. There will be 2
12 officers killed in the line of duty Na- • Michelle Crug and Stephen Whitburn
more quotes considered.
tionwide for January. There were 2 San approached the Board and request-
• Smith will request quotes for painting ed POA’s support in a campaign to
Diego Police officers killed in the month
in the POA Hall and POA classroom. educate the public against endors-
of January. Edward Moore (1/15/1933)
and Jerry Hartless (1/31/1988). • Nemec announced 5 non-member ing Aguirre and spoke of a possible
names who rejoined the POA dur- picket. Crug introduced Whitburn for
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: B. Dare, candidate for District 3. Discussion
ing the last Amnesty Period; they are
T. McElroy, C. Elig, C. Isbell, S. Holslag, J. occurred.
Kaseylee Lawrence, Richard Schaff,
Carrol, S. Robinson, E. Herbert, D. Surrillo
Jordan Wells, Chris Slater, and Ran- • Janay Kruger updated the Board on
OTHERS PRESENT: C.J. Cloniger, D. dy Aldredge. upcoming election information. Dis-
Castle, S. Willard, M. Crug, S. Whitburn, cussion occurred.
J. Kruger, K. Smith (recorder)
• Discussion occurred regarding making • Paul Cooper approached the Board
MEMBER PRESENTATIONS: Scott requesting endorsement for the elect-
sure there is a separation in every com-
Holslag and John Carrol asked the ed position of Judge for Judge Hun-
mittee including PAC and Charity.
Board for a monetary donation towards tington’s seat. Discussion occurred.
the Enforcers Football Team and to be • M/S Bostedt/Paxton to remove sec-
able to sell Enforcer items in the POA tion 16.6 in the SDPOA Policy. Unan- PR: No report.
store. Moved to Charity. imous. 8-0. Jordon absent. Member/Public Communications: No
Tony McElroy addressed the Board re- FAMILY HEALTH: Discussion occurred report.
garding the MLK Parade. McElroy re- regarding the medical costs from the CHARITY: (6 requests)
quested $400 to help towards the cost City’s plans.
Jordon absent for all Charity voting except
of Parade. Moved to Charity. SAFETY: No report. for Add-On#2, yes vote by Proxy. Bostedt
Nemec explained why the POA did not INFORMANT: No report. absent for all Charity voting. Sullivan ab-
attend the rally this past Tuesday. Nemec sent, yes vote by proxy on all items.
apologized to the Retirees who attended • Request for POA to make a donation
for not letting them know there would • Discussion concerning some com- to the Carole Sund/Carrington Memo-
not be Board attendance that night. C J mands not allowing vacations dur-
rial Reward Foundation. Declined.
Cloniger explained that some of the re- ing 2 special events, Bio-Tech and
tirees were unhappy that they were not International Association of Chief’s • Request for POA to make a donation
made aware of the change of attendance Conference. towards the Enforcers Football Team.
M/S Lewis/Rhodes for $2,000.
by the Board. Discussion occurred. • Discussion occurred regarding Offi- Unanimous. 7-0.
Steve Willard approached the Board cers not being allowed to put in for
with a check for the POA Widows and days off past shift change date. • Request for POA to donate $400 to
help towards the cost of the MLK
Orphans Fund of $500. These were the • Discussion occurred regarding a
funds raised at the 2007 Cigar Mixer at Parade. Hubka/Rhodes for $500.
the POA building. Unanimous. 8-0.
• Discussion occurred regarding a
Alan Alvarez introduced himself as the • Request for POA to re-new the 65
transfer within a PD Unit.
President of the NLPOA Metro Division. Roses Sports Club 2008/Cystic Fi-
LEGAL/GRIEVANCE: There was no le- brosis Padre Game membership. M/S
Alvarez requested the Board make a do-
gal bill this month. Rhodes gave a report Lewis/Paxton for up to $1,900 for the
nation to help pay for lunch for the Detec-
on this month’s legal meeting. Discus- season. Unanimous. 7-0.
tive’s Prep class. The Installation Lunch
sion occurred regarding skelly hearings.
April 2008 | 29
February 14, 2008 ernor’s Office if POA would be inclined
January Board Minutes
0845 hours to support Moring as a candidate for ap-
(continued) pointment. The Board decision is to send
Directors present: Nemec, Hubka, Mar-
• Request for POA to sponsor the NL- vel, Sullivan (arrived 1045 hours), Jor-
a letter in support of an appointment.
POA Installation Luncheon 2008. don, Bostedt, Paxton (excused 1245 Evin Kirvin gave an overview of his back-
M/S Hubka/Rhodes for $750. Unani- hours, court, returned 1540), Rhodes ground. Kirvin requested an endorse-
mous. 7-0. (excused 1545 hours), Lewis. ment from the POA for Judge. Discus-
• Request for POA to sponsor the NL- sion occurred. The Board will endorse in
President Nemec called the meeting to support of candidacy for Judge.
POA Detectives Prep. Class lunch. order at 0845 hours and led all present
M/S Lewis/Paxton for $400 plus 4 in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were 4 Blaine Bowman gave an overview of his
cases of water. Unanimous. 7-0. officers killed in the line of duty Nation- background. Bowman requested an en-
wide for February. There was 1 San Diego dorsement from the POA for Judge. Dis-
RETIREMENT: cussion occurred. The Board will endorse
Police officer killed in the month of Feb-
• C J Cloniger updated the Board re- ruary. Kirk Johnson (02/20/83). in support of candidacy for Judge.
garding the Retirement column for MINUTES: M/S Hubka/Bostedt to approve
the Informant. Discussion occurred. MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: M. Pidgeon,
V. Colvin, D. Williams, B. Long, S. Robinson the January 2008 minutes with corrections.
• CJ Elig updated the Board regard- Unanimous. Sullivan absent. 8-0.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS IN ATTEN-
ing the Corbett issue. Discussion TREASURER/FINANCIAL: M/S Rho-
DANCE: C. Cloniger, B. Clem
occurred. des/Bostedt to accept the Treasurer’s
OTHERS PRESENT: D. Castle, J. Kru- Report for January 2008. Unanimous.
ger, M. Michel, M. Stewart, A. White, S. 8-0. Sullivan excused.
Bostedt reported on several upcoming O’Mara, E. Kirvin, B. Bowman, D. Mor-
events and scholarships. Discussion ing, E. Cox, K. Smith (recorder) BUDGET-FINANCE: No report.
MEMBER PRESENTATIONS: Mike Pidgeon
SUGGESTIONS & AWARDS: No report. thanked the POA for the bar-b-que which POA • Nemec shared a thank you card from
OLD BUSINESS: donated to Northwestern Division. Jankowski.
• Marvel spoke about Jim Miller who Pidgeon requested POA make a donation • Smith gave an overview of the tree
requested endorsement from POA of $400 to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day pa- bids. The Board’s decision is to re-
for an appointed Judge seat. Dis- rade. Moved to Charity. move all trees and shrubs in the front
cussion occurred. Vic Colvin requested $471 for hotel fees of the POA building and along the
for (2) Motor Officers to attend this year’s front of the parking lot. The second
• Nemec spoke of a meeting with the phase will be new landscaping in
Teacher’s Union regarding endorse- Sacramento Memorial trip on May 7, 8,
and 9, 2008. Moved to Charity. those areas.
ment for City Attorney. Discussion
occurred. David Williams requested the Board • Smith updated the Board regarding
make a donation to the local Law En- having a new temp for the POA’s re-
NEW BUSINESS: ceptionist position.
forcement Memorial services this year.
• Discussion occurred regarding dis- Moved to Charity. • The POA’s newest employee, Com-
ability retirements and the present PRESENTATIONS: munications Coordinator Emily Cox,
lawsuits. will be in today for a meet and greet
Mike Stewart made a presentation of a with the Board.
• M/S Jordon/Sullivan to add the fol- First Responder Emergency Data Card.
lowing policy to the SDPOA Policy Stewart gave an overview of what the BY-LAWS/POLICY: No report.
and Procedures manual. cards contain as far as information they FAMILY HEALTH: No report.
Policy Addition to read: A 15-minute can hold. Stewart asked the Board to pur- SAFETY: No report.
time limit will be set for members and chase cards for the Membership. Moved
to Charity. INFORMANT: No report.
guest that wish to address the board.
When a member or guest requests to Mark Michel approached the Board and LABOR/MANAGEMENT:
address the board prior to a sched- asked POA to sponsor the California Fi- • Rhodes asked Chief Long about the
uled board meeting, the member(s) or nancial Crimes Investigators Association. ability of Officers to place T.O.’s in
guest(s) will be advised of the 15 minute Moved to Charity. the book beyond shift change dates.
time limit at that time. If member(s) or Anthony White with Family Health Cen- Rhodes requested officers be allowed
guest(s) require more than 15 minutes ters of San Diego approached the Board to put in for T.O.’s at any time regard-
they must request a time extension and gave an overview of the Centers mis- less of shift change dates.
from the Committee Chair (examples: sion. White requested Family Health • Assistant Chief Boyd Long informed
charity, special events, retirement) Centers be an annual Charity the As- the Board that he is the new Labor
who will request the time extension sociation gives to. Discussion occurred. Chief who will be participating in the
from the Board of Directors. Moved to Charity. POA Board meetings.
ADJOURNMENT: M/S Jordon/Mar- Duane Moring gave an overview of his • The question occurred on whether or
vel to adjourn at 1048 hours. background. Moring requested a Judicial not the quarterly Labor Management
Appointment letter to be sent to the Gov- meeting will take place since Nego-
30 | The Informant
tiations are currently underway. The • Request for POA to make a donation Discussion occurred regarding the
Chief will communicate the upcoming to sponsor the California Financial purchase of service credits and dis-
dates for the meeting. Crimes Investigators Association up- cussion regarding return of purchase
• Bostedt discussed minimum staffing is- coming conference. Tabled. money if employee takes a disability
sues for Eastern Division. • Request for POA to give $471 for ho- retirement.
LEGAL/GRIEVANCE: Discussion oc- tel fees for (2) Motor Officers to at- • Discussion occurred regarding Rule 13.
curred regarding the upcoming Legal Rep tend this year’s Sacramento Memo- SPECIAL EVENTS/SCHOLARSHIP:
Training on March 12, 2008 at the POA rial trip. M/S Lewis/Rhodes for $471. Pati Bauer approached the Board with
building. Unanimous. 8-0. updates for the POA upcoming events.
MEMBERS SERVICES: There was (1) • Request for POA to make a donation Discussion occurred.
member request this month. to the local Law Enforcement Memo- SUGGESTIONS & AWARDS: No report.
rial services this year. M/S Paxton/
PORAC: No report. Sullivan to match the DSA’s donation OLD BUSINESS: No report.
SCALE/CCLEA/BIG 11: Big 11 requested up to $2,000. Unanimous. 8-0. NEW BUSINESS:
SDPOA send a letter regarding the AG to • Request for POA to purchase First Re- • Lewis requested any members re-
support Officers privacy rights. sponder Emergency Data Cards. Declined. questing a time certain for retirement
POLITICAL ACTION: Janay Kruger gave • Request for POA to sponsor the Fam- issues to be discussed will be between
an overview of the current political races. ily Health Centers of San Diego event. 1000- 1030 hours. The Board agreed.
Discussion occurred. Declined. • Emily Cox came to the POA for a Meet
PR: Jordon gave an update regarding • Request for POA to sponsor the Com- and Greet with the Board of Directors
some campaign candidate requests. Dis- munity Campership Council, Inc. and has been introduced as the SDPOA
cussion occurred. 19th Annual Fundraising event to Communications Coordinator which
Member/Public Communications: No report. send kids to camp. Declined. includes Editor of the Informant.
CHARITY: (7 requests) RETIREMENT: • Rhodes requested to represent the
SDPOA at the National Police Offi-
Bostedt excused for all votes. • C J Cloniger reported the date for the Me- cers Memorial Service in Washing-
• Request for POA to make a donation to this morial at El Camino being March 9, 2008. ton D.C. Requested POA pay for one
years St. Patrick’s Day parade. M/S Pax- • Sullivan gave a report from this round trip airline ticket. Tabled.
ton/Rhodes for $500. Unanimous. 8-0. months Retirement Board meeting. M/S Lewis/Bostedt to adjourn at 1600 hours.
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The Union-Tribune recently reported that the Old Police Headquarters is getting featured on the back
closer to a new life as bustling marketplace for locals and tourists. According to the cover of The Informant
Unified Port of San Diego website, “project is comprised of a set of improvements that as a part of the
will enhance the Downtown Historic Harborfront. The redevelopment will activate the sponsorship package.
waterfront site with retail shops, restaurants and public space at the water’s edge.”
The Old Police Headquarters originally opened in 1939. Several buildings surround a
large open-air courtyard and the building at one time contained the former jail, admin- should contact
istration and police offices, an assembly area, gym, auto repair facility, courtrooms and Emily Cox
other offices. The building became vacant in 1987 when the San Diego Police Head- 858-573-1199 x220
quarters relocated. The National Register of Historic Places recognized the Old Police email@example.com
Headquarters as a national landmark in 1998.
The Informant nOnPROFiT ORG.
San Diego Police Officers Association U.S. POSTAGE
8388 Vickers Street PAiD
San Diego, CA 92111-2109 San Diego, CA
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