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SDPD Creating Wellness Unit

— Following a series of officer-misconduct charges, the San Diego Police Department is establishing a new wellness unit. Police Spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown said the unit is still in the planning stages.

San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne addresses the media on May 10, 2011....
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Above: San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne addresses the media on May 10, 2011. Lansdowne was announcing a new plan meant to prevent officer misconduct.

But a commanding officer has already been selected. Captain Sarah Creighton has been tapped to lead it up. Creighton has 27 years with the force and was most recently the commanding officer of the department’s Eastern Division.

Brown said it’s not known how much the unit will cost, but she said it’s likely officers will be shifted into it from other duties since there’s no money to hire additional staff.

The department already offers several programs to promote mental health. Brown said it’s likely the new wellness unit will serve as an umbrella for those services.

This spring, 10 San Diego police officers were accused of officer misconduct ranging from drunk driving, to excessive force to rape. Brown said this unit is part of the seven-step plan Police Chief William Lansdowne created in an effort to prevent further misconduct cases.

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HarryStreet | June 24, 2011 at 1:56 p.m. ― 5 years, 8 months ago

The only way our police department will change its conduct is when they admit the mistakes and errors with which they've been accused of for years, but fail to recognize.

1) Code of Silence. They've made movies and written stories how cops look the other way when a fellow cop breaks the law (ie., steal, sell drugs, murder even).
2) Holding a grudge because they can't afford a down payment with what they make. Who the hell can these days? We're all in that same boat. That doesn't give them or any of us the right to break the law and steal drug money and weapons.

I could go on, but what's the point. Police have to be made to understand wearing a badge is an honor and not about getting your due from the public. As a veteran I was accused of starting the Vietnam War. I was called a mercenary and war monger by my fellow Americans. I got over it and never believed my country owed me a thing. I chose to be in the military. If a cop doesn't like their pay and doesn't get a raise, they don't have to be cops any longer. We're all in that same boat. I'd love to get a raise too, but haven't for over two years now. I don't like it, but there it is.

Police need to hold themselves to higher standards and learn to accept what serving the community is. No, you will not always be appreciated for what you do, but no job offers that. DEAL WITH IT!

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