Talk to the old timers inside the SFPD and they’ll tell you inspectors and sergeants play two different roles. Inspectors are the detectives who solve crime. They’re assigned to one of the units – Homicide, Sex Crimes, Narcotics or Fraud, for example – and they work alone or with another inspector. Sergeants are supervisors who oversee patrol officers. They respond to crime scenes and guide the officers.
As we discussed tonight, Police Chief Heather Fong began assigning sergeants to the inspectors’ jobs, even though there’s a list of officers who passed the test to become an inspector ten years ago. 53 officers from the inspectors list filed a complaint with the Civil Service Commission, and today, the commission decided that inspectors list from 1998 is still active, and the jobs should have been filled from that list. The commission also decided to hold a hearing next week to decide what’s next – should the sergeants now holding inspectors jobs be removed; should the candidates from the list get the jobs?
The inspector candidates tell me they are not pleased with the representation provided – or not provided – by Police Officers Association President Gary Delagnes. He backed Chief Fong’s plan. We included a clip from a revealing POA meeting. Here are two – where the union chief discusses “The Gary Delagnes Plan” and where he criticizes officers who complain about what’s happening: “Blow your brains out”.
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