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Leon, I'm a regular reader of the EVT online, as I was the old print editions. Bill has posted a variety of law enforcement concerns over the years. He takes a different view of police efforts. I appreciate his work. Underneath police public relations stories are other concerns. Those concerns need to be aired, discussed, and be subjected to the process of
making recommendations. Silence only helps criminals and increases the costs of law enforcement.4 days ago
Leon, I didn't realize MCSO failed investigations had a title ... "MCSO VENDETTA". In caps no less. Bill could probaby provide better stats. My guess that of 1,480 rape cases about 28% were solved successfully. A recent report from a Mesa detective on a rape claim highlighted the difficulties of obtaining evidence ... and, I assume, that is with a Mesa detective conducting a timely investigation. If MPD or Bill or ACJC has better stats, I would encourage publication of better stats. I don't think MCSO and MCAO really know how many MCSO cases were neglected.
5 days ago
Hillstreet, I don't want POST saying "who" gets promoted. I want standards for training before promotion as well as ongoing training standards. I want standards for agency operation on homicides. For instance, a POST rep helped derail missing persons legislation last year. Instead of defending POST's training to legislators, the rep should have educated legislators on best practice standards for working a mp case. What it takes to review and improve standards is usually a task force with participants from the public on the tf. In 2007 a wild guess put cold case homicides at 500 statwide. After the task force met and did a survey, the count zoomed to 2,500 for Phoenix alone. ACJC had no idea what the count was at the time. My view is if you can't get a count, you cannot tell me the process, standards, hiring requirements, etc., either. Bill R advocates for better policing something I support. I don't want assurances. I standards to measure against performance.5 days ago
Bill, P.O.S.T. has failed the people of Arizona by avoiding certification of homicide detectives and cold case homicide detectives. The skills and knowledge demands have always been higher than a promotion towards retirement has ever served up. I've testified before the P.O.S.T. board about training and promotional concerns of detectives. The standards should extend to agency methods as well.5 days ago
ER with a post-note is better than the morgue with a toe tag. The police response is cheaper. Prosecution is less intensive. It's easier on the parents. Stupid and alive trumps dead everytime.5 days ago
Mitigation/aggravation arguments should be limited to the sentencing portion of the trial. The jury should have two primary responsibilities. Was the law broken? Did the defendant break the law? The second responsibility is deciding sentence with degree. Opposing expert testimony is an ego debate. The goal of expert testimony seems more to free the accused than provide accurate assessments. It's a profit center for experts and a way to prosecute dead victims without providing representation for the victim in cross examination. After all, the victim is dead. Dead bodies have no civil rights!3 weeks ago
Senator Flake turned his back on victims and then failed to do his job by authoring an amendment or submitting another bill on background checks that reflected his concerns. He didn't do his job. He abdicated his job.3 weeks ago
I agree. Arizona has given control of power generation and power policy to proprietary interests. That result stunts Arizona's growth by limiting energy sources. "Competition" between existing power producers "on the grid" was nothing more than daring political spin. Good column, Barry Jr.3 weeks ago
Parents with children in religious schools be aware. Without some worldly incentives and checks and balances the quality of education at your school could plummet. My guess is that the majority of teachers at religious schools are not paid competitive salaries in the first place. Compare the cost of unemployment benefits to the annual damage caused by teacher turnover when those teachers find better places to work.1 month ago
Oh, boy, do I agree with this, especially when 1:1 skills transfer from military duty to a civilian job is involved. In the case of a CDL, a military truck driver should leave the miitary with an approved CDL in hand rather than facing additional testing. I am sure with minimal coordination other skills could be certified as well.1 month ago