1,100... the magic number sent down from on high (or at least the 11th floor) by the Almighty Alcalde. Marty has been promising year after year that APD would have 1100 officers by (fill in the blank - this year, next year, last year, etc.). The illusive 1,100 has been a thorn in his side and a major black eye for a mayor that governs by news conference.
Now in addition to having to recruit new officers APD is recruiting recruiters. Last Friday the "commander" in charge Commander Sauzo, was transferred out of the recruiting department that he headed. Our Eyes tell us that he was transferred for refusing to allow a substandard recruit into APD's academy. In addition, Our Eyes tell us that APD initiated an Internal Affairs investigation targeting Commander Sauzo for "inappropriate" questions during the interview.
APD brass is somewhat infamous about its use of the IA investigation to control officers. These conveniently timed investigations give the 5th floor something to hold over an officer's head. If the targeted officer complies and keeps his or her mouth shut the investigations tend to go away.
Our Eyes behind the badge tell us that they seriously doubt that Commander Sauzo would make the mistake of asking an inappropriate or improper question during a cadet interview as his APD service includes Internal Affairs. Commander Sauzo's transfer along with Marty's tongue lashing, job threatening February tirade (read about it here) has created a mass exodus in recruiting.
So far, 2 detectives and a lieutennant have transferred out of the department and our Eyes tell us that the unit's Sergeant will be transferring out as well - all because of the pressure to recruit 1,100 officers at any cost. Marty's mandate borrows the APS policy of everybody gets in and everybody passes.
We don't know about you, but we've got a problem with just anybody getting police powers. There have already been too many examples of police officers crossing the line of late and that's with the previous standards. APD should be raising standards, pay, and respect for officers on the force. Make APD the best agency in the state for officers to work and you'll have a line out the door trying to get in. Make intimidation your tactic and standards optional, and you'll continue to have record retirements every year and you'll make the bottom of the barrel your recruiting pool.
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Ooops! We originally posted 2 of 4 lieutenants - that was incorrect. It was supposed to read 2 detectives and a lieutenant. Sorry for the error, it has been corrected above.