Tonight: Atherton council asked to approve request to destroy police records
Original post made on Feb 19, 2013
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on Feb 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm
If complaint records are "routinely" destroyed across California, that shows me there's a problem statewide with how far police unions have pushed the pendulum in their direction. But, it doesn't matter.
Atherton is not "routine."
Other California taxpaying residents don't "routinely" pay enormous parcel taxes to fund a police department.
Other California cops don't "routinely" get paid at the 70th percentile of cops in San Mateo County.
Atherton cops should be held to a higher standard. Or, if we fall back to the "routine" let's cut the salaries of Atherton cops down to the average Let's eliminate the parcel tax.
(And I don't believe records destruction insofar as complaints go is "routine" and certainly should not be!).
on Feb 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm
Does Atherton have a comprehensive police records retention policy like the one Ross, CA has?
on Feb 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm
Here's an online survey of various police departments in California:
Law requires a MINIMUM of five years. APD wants destruction as soon as the law allows. We can do better.
Note in the survey one department wanted to destroy after five years and a court requested they did not.