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Thursday, April 1, 2004

Is there an echo in here?

The first sentence of yesterday's lead editorial in The Oregonian sounded awfully familiar.

Comments (6)

Yes it did, thank you very much. I wrote that exact sentence at 2 pm on Tuesday. And the way I figure it, if Donald Trump can copywright the phrase "You're Fired." Then I'm protecting my rights over the phrase "Here we go again." To everyone in this forum, consider yourself on notice. (smiling)

Nyah, nyah, I wrote it at 2:50 a.m.

Well then, I will transfer all of my rights to the phrase to you...

I don't care which of you takes credit, as long as we don't have to say it one more time, ever.

I worked with PoPo trainers all last week. You can't find a group of people more concerned about helping their Officers be the best they can, in lethal and non-lethal measures. Having said that, I'd guess even they'd admit they don't have sufficient training funds.

I don't think that's the problem. Read between the lines. There's a lot of animosity between the Union and the Admin, which is typical. Think of what that means when you could use some skill upgrades, or perhaps a different work option.

Ever work for the government? Keep all the politics, the procedures and paperwork, and the underachievers, and add guns. More money and training can only help, but only so much.

I'm not ready to say we're doing enough with training. Formal training and informal mentoring. We've got to stop the officers from pulling the trigger. Whatever that takes.

There is an institutional meanness that has permeated the Police Bureau for many years, and it is due to the fact that the leadership over the Police Bureau has condoned that behavior. If the path that the Mayor and Chief choose is to again place all of the responsibility on the shoulders of the officer who pulled the trigger, then they will be guilty again when the next officer needlessly pulls the trigger. The answer to this problem is leadership, which we are sorely missing in the Police Bureau.

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