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Danville: Chief Shields recaps officer training methods after two fatal police shootings

Original post made on May 6, 2021

In the face of increased scrutiny brought about by two fatal police shootings in nearly as many years, Danville's Police Chief Allan Shields gave a presentation on the training and recruitment procedures for local officers.

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Posted by Paul Clark
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2021 at 8:34 am

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Stephanie Taddeo has it exactly right!

"Among the comments were calls for increased transparency from the police department, condemnations of the decision making that allowed Hall back on the street where he would shoot Wilson and even some calls for the town to sever its connection with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

"It appears that the authority lies with the sheriff's office," Stephanie Taddeo said at the meeting. "It seems to me that the Town Council's hands are tied in terms of enacting much needed police reforms. Reform will be a long and arduous process that will require the help of experts. I see the road to reform made very difficult, if not impossible, if everything must be cleared and approved by the Sheriff. Has there ever been any serious consideration to the town creating its own police force, independent of the Sheriff's Office? If not maybe it's time for the town to make a change."

It IS long past time to send the Sheriff's Department packing and create a Police Department that doesn't answer to the Sheriff and be obligated to live by his policies. Danville thankfully isn't like much of the rest of Contra Costa County, and as a consequence should not suffer from the Sheriff's "one size fits all" Law Enforcement Protocols. And in the interim, there needs to be complete transparency as to who decided it was appropriate to put Officer Hall back on the street in the absence of a completed investigation of his first shooting.

Posted by Lewis Glenn
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2021 at 11:54 am

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Paul Clark and the noisy extreme left are at it again with baseless claims about inadequate training of the Danville PD and its connection with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office. Danville was recently named the safest city in California -- and for good reason. We are protected by a well trained PD led by an exceptional officer, Chief Allen Shields. The last thing we need is to overturn the apple cart because a few loud "reformists" showed up at the recent Town Council meeting. The best thing we can do is to simply ignore them.

Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on May 7, 2021 at 12:20 pm

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Well said Lewis.

Paul Clark's barking analysis is that there is a difference between sheriff and police. Paul needs to understand that ALL law enforcement applicants must go through an extensive background investigation prior to being hired. The investigation includes a polygraph examination, written and oral psychological examination, medical examination, reference checks, credit checks, criminal background checks, etc.

Once the applicant successfully completes his/her background investigation, the candidate must successfully complete a POST (Police Officer Standards and Training) certified academy. If the cadet is affiliated with an agency upon completion of the academy, he/she must also pass a field training program in addition to a probation period.

Paul seems to think that a police department would be better than a sheriff's department. Really? Paul, do a little fact checking and you will find that police departments can, and have, fallen victim to their own transgressions.

LAPD: Rodney King incident, Rampart Division scandal, Officers Luis Valenzuela and James Nichols (sexual assaults), Officer Russell Mecano (sexual assault), etc.

LASD: Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca (convicted of thwarting a federal investigation. The department has suffered scandals involving narcotics officers skimming money, inmates being mistreated, and fraud

Posted by D
a resident of Danville
on May 7, 2021 at 12:44 pm

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Lewis's opinion clearly reflects the opinion of the overwhelming majority of law abiding Danville residents that we are very pleased and respect the great job the police do in Danville, in making Danville the safest city in CA(for law abiding people).

If you ignore multiple police orders to stop, and instead take off at a high speed in your car(where you could hurt innocent pedestrians or other motorist) it will not end well for the criminal. If you ignore a lawful police order to surrender but instead pull a knife on an officer and aggressively move toward the officer it will not end well for the criminal. Those are the facts, and it has nothing to do with the typical race card rantings of the ambulance chasing lawyer in Oakland(In fact, there is no evidence the officer could even see the face of the criminal who sped off in the vehicle to determine what race he was, and after seeing an article on the criminal who sped off in the car I still could not determine what race he was)

If the officer did not stop the criminal who sped off in his vehicle and he killed an innocent pedestrian or motorist, the ambulance chasing lawyer would be crying that the officer was negligent for not doing something. If the officer did not stop the criminal who was throwing rocks off the freeway overpass and a rock killed someone, or if the criminal stabbed someone with his knife, the ambulance chasing lawyer would cry the officer was negligent for not doing something.

As to the criminal charges, DA Becton never practiced criminal law, was a terrible prejudiced and biased Judge who routinely got challenged via 170.6 for her bias, and got caught plagarizing her application and essay for DA. She is a politician, not a fair and impartial DA, and her filing charges more than one year after this incident, but the next day after the Floyd verdict, proves this point.

Thank you Danville PD for keeping law abiding citizens safe, and the only threat to safety is the politician DA Becton.

Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on May 7, 2021 at 8:56 pm

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You’re right D,

The East Bay Times reported in Becton’s plagiarized application to become interim DA that she “took more than 100 words from a widely publicized letter written by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, regarding criminal justice reform.”

She also cut and pasted portions from neighboring Alameda County’s District Attorney’s website regarding the issue of community development.