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Eshoo takes steps to increase police accountability from the federal level on down

Original post made on Jun 11, 2020

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo this week joined federal lawmakers in proposing major reforms for law enforcement and raising concerns over reported surveillance of peaceful demonstrators.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 11, 2020, 11:05 AM

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Posted by David B
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm

Two thumbs up to this. I might not support "Defund the Police" (whatever that's intended to mean) but I certainly support "Reinvent or Rethink or Reboot Policing". It's going to be a long, hard process, but the last few weeks prove (what many already knew) that it's badly needed.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:06 pm

In order to recognize and enhance the professionalism of police officers I urge that the Professional Peace Officers Training, Recognition and Licensure Act that shall provide assistance to the States to:

1- Enhance individual and departmental training in non-violent methods of arrest and detention
2- Recognize Best Practices on a nationwide basis
3 - Develop and implement State licensure programs for those peace officers that complete a formal State administered qualification and training program which includes a probationary period of active service and which then grants a State license to serve a Registered Peace Officer in that State.
4 - Develop and administer a Continuing Education Program that Registered Peace Officers must complete on an annual basis to retain their State license.
5 - Establish a National Registry of Registered Police Officers that includes information on both recurrent training and disciplinary actions.

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Posted by Most important
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:18 pm

Most important thing that can possibly be done: bust the police union. Once you do that, politicians can enact rational legislation. Once you do that, California cities will be able to pay police officers true market compensation/retirement instead of the craziness we currently have. Once you do that, when there is a problem officer, the department can fire him.

All issues flow from this: the unions are preventing financial and behavioral accountability. The net result is that too many police are behaving like a bunch of spoiled brats because they can.

This is the elephant in the room.

(I also don't support defunding/dismantling the police, by the way)

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Posted by de-fund, refund and reform.
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:49 pm

Refund and Reform the police.

Yes, that includes defunding as we move along the path of better supporting the community with non-police functions being performed by non-police.

They are out of control. Police have had decades to identify and discard "bad apples." Instead, they hide their misdeeds and cover for them.

They had their chance - they blew it.

Refund and Reform.

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