Thursday, February 17, 2011
When I served as this city's Mayor from 1998-2002 I was concerned with the training regime at the Police Academy. It was more Marine Corps boot camp that an academy for turning out public servants and police officers. I attempted to change it and it so riled some Academy Drill officers that they would refuse to even shake hands with me on the street. So, if Mayor Berry wants to find out why so many police shootings have taken place over the last few years, and why social media statements are outrageous, then go look at the training program.
Ask a few questions of cadets who have fallen out of the program. Ask for comments from newly sworn officers and how the academy is functioning in their view. Have an outside expert come in review the curriculum. And do it soon. Do not put Darren White, the city's chief public safety officer, in charge of this. It would actually be unfair to him and the citizens. And finally, there are a lot of good officers out there and I appreciate them.