SAN DIEGO (CBS) — The city’s top cop apologized to residents of San Diego in the wake of a record surge in officer misconduct investigations.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports Chief William Lansdowne apologized on behalf of the San Diego Police Department and pledged to do everything possible to regain the public’s confidence and “repair the damage done.”

“I want to personally apologize to every citizen of the city of San Diego,” Lansdowne said at a briefing outside downtown police headquarters on Tuesday, adding that there was “no excuse at all” for the purported misdeeds on the part of sworn members of his agency.

In response to what he called an “unprecedented amount” of accusations that have surfaced in the laste three months against SDPD personnel nine cases total, five of which have resulted in criminal charges Lansdowne outlined a seven-step program designed to prevent such cases.

The revised strategies include increased internal-affairs staffing, more ethics training, a 24-hour complaint hot line, a review of the department’s discipline manual and use-of-force tactics, “wellness” assessment during officers’ annual evaluations and a series of meetings with all employees.

The SDPD’s command staff believes the plan will help restore the department’s image, which, the chief said, has been “tarnished” by the series of cases involving alleged officer misconduct.

“And we will work hard to repair that,” Lansdowne said.

Comments (12)
  1. rjsmitty says:

    “I want to personally apologize to every citizen of the city of San Diego,” so I guess that dosnt include you “Activist” or you race based hate group you belong to.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Keep on harassing the ILLEGAL ALIENS and the street crime, home robberies, rape and any other crimes will go down. Ship them back, your close to the third world toilet border.

  2. rob says:

    what…. corrupt cops??? no it cant be, no way! what is this world coming to… LMFAO! jesus christ

  3. Aaron says:

    “Every cop is a criminal and all the sinners, saints…..” I guess The Stones had it right…..

  4. jesse al fraud says:

    I can think of a few police agencies being run by younger black and hispanic chiefs that have just as much corruption.

    What’s your f ing point?

  5. Mr . Time says:

    What do ( YOU ALL ) want crying out loud already., At lest Chief Bloomberg came out and APOLOGIZED for the cover up’s., You ( ALL ) will never see any one like the ( SLUG’S ) do that ., It’s to WHITE for them to do that ; Give them HELL CHIEF.

  6. Striker says:

    Good for the chief and his department. At least he stands up and apologizes for the misconduct of his officers. Thats the first step in recognizing there’s a problem.

  7. Yv says:

    Too many MEXICAN COPS

  8. American Girl says:

    To all you ignorant SOB the age of racism is over. The fight is between the have and the have nots. This apology is so fake. There is no news in his statement. He is going to rewrite a policy or too. Maybe even take a public interest in oneor two police victims. Wait for the pubic eye to look some place else for news. The it is back to business as usua.

    He only admits to cases already recorded in our public courts. Everyone already knows that most of the officers of San Diego are perverts, bully and rapist. These officers are more proud than ashame. The DA and the courts openly back these officers rights to be perverts, bullies and rapist. So, this police chief has nothing to lose with his fake apology. Don’t belierve him.

  9. Rick Mueller says:

    Chief quietly gets rid of Anticorruption Unit well before these 10 incidents.

  10. cyril says:

    He’s lying. Just like he has for his whole career. Nothing will change and the SD PD will continue to abuse and ruin then lives.

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