Board of Supervisors Needs To Implement Oversight Now

“I think the overarching question is, ‘What can and should we do to provide some oversight to make sure something like this never happens again?’” said Supervisor Simitian.  I read this statement earlier today and I remain confounded at the reality the Board of Supervisors is ignoring in regards to Sheriff Laurie Smith. The Sheriff’s…

Sheriff Laurie Smith’s Beyond Thunderdome

Do Not Let Sheriff Smith’s Office Investigate Latest Jail Incident! Current reports are that a 64 year old inmate is at the hospital, reportedly brain dead according to sources inside the jail, severely beaten by his cellmate. I can’t stress this enough. I just read the Mercury News story and got off the phone with…

Our Representation, Our Safety

guest editorial by Sean Allen I have given the CPOA ample time to address several issues that I’ve personally complained about! Things I’ve said in private to Board members, in squad meetings and on paper. What I want those people to realize that all friendship’s aside, you the board are responsible for maintaining our rights……

Being a Cop Isn’t Pretty, Politics Makes It Even Uglier

We’ve all seen the various internet videos of police involved in physical altercations. Sometimes they’re clear cut, the officer involved is doing the right/wrong thing and there isn’t a lot of question. Most times though you only get a piece of the story and determining who did what, when, and how it applies to rights,…

10th International Police Training Program

The information provided on the county site is negligible, literally a one sentence memo from the sheriff: “Laurie Smith, Sheriff, will travel to the Republic of Korea to attend the Tenth International Police Training Program on May 20-28, 2017.” Pretty uninformative when it comes to sending someone overseas — and yes it is on our…

Forty to One

Since no one else wants to address the elephant in the room here on the latest attack at the jails, I will. The jails were supposed to get better; today, according to all that was allegedly done, we should be looking at a smoother running, better managed, safer system that can be better trusted to…