Re the article: “Council moves towards reforming police and campaign finance.”
“Police Chief Ed Varso presented a report on Public Safety Hiring and Practices. He emphasized that his ‘forward thinking’ department strives to treat people fairly . .” Welcome to the end of Escondido. For decades I remember Escondido had one of the best departments ever. If citizens let vile petty politics of the moment enter into keeping the city safe, you are doomed.
Look to Portland, Seattle, Chicago, et al to see your future. “Reform” in “enlightened” jurisdiction means crippling cops for political goals. Cops have one job: arrest criminals whoever they are. It must be accomplished without politics or real provable improper conduct. Once distinctions are made based on racial attitudes, number of arrests of a particular group, perception or perceived grievances, i.e. politics, a jurisdiction no longer has a viable police department. Police departments require real cops to lead, not “forward thinking “ politicians.
Sad to see this occurring in Escondido. If it does, goodbye to police and safety and hello to high crime.
ROBERT DAUMILLER, a former 30 year resident of Escondido who now lives in Crossville, Tennessee.