12.17.2009

Sorry Garr

Public safety is an investment, not a cost
Garr Neilsen's My Word in the Times Standard 12/16/2009
http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/wo/story/1740052.html
Jerry Dyer Op-Ed in Fresno Bee Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2009
Word for word.
Desperate? Stupid? Being pushed by the "Progressive" overlords to get something out?
Unbearable, incredibly unimaginably stupid? Sorry, Garr, this is not cool.
Caught by someone in the comments, starting at #29
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Jon-E-Law Eureka, CA
Liberal for Life wrote:
Wow.
I always believed that Eureka deserved a literate, public-oriented police chief.
Well done.

Not a chance. Your moron Chief did not write this he plagiarized it from the Fresno Chief.
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Jon-E-Law Eureka, CA
Lib for life too wrote:
Actually, this is written like he is running for office. Chief, if that is true, don't you think you should finish your one job at EPD before moving on and taking on another?

He will fit with Gallegos in taking credit for another's work. Chief Jerry Dyer from Fresno PD wrote this piece.
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Jon-E-Law Eureka, CA
Dyer's original piece ran in the Fresno Bee on December 8.
http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/wo/story/174...
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Walter Sobchak Wildomar, CA
Liberal for Life wrote:
Wow.
I always believed that Eureka deserved a literate, public-oriented police chief.
Well done.

Darn straight. Of course, if all he'll do is publish others' work without attribution, that would actually make him a thief. Intellectually dishonest, AND a thief? Not exactly a ringing endorsement, is it?

Remember this:
Filed under Gallegos' Plagiarism
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UPDATE and clarification:
Pla-Garr-ism? The Journal
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Neilsen's Press Release

I wish to clarify any confusion that may have arisen from the opinion piece published earlier this week in the Times Standard. This was a position piece adopted by the California Police Chiefs Association. The editorial was distributed to regional directors to be modified for local media and presented as a position supported by local chiefs. This is a common practice that is intended to distribute a consistent position.

I apologize for any confusion this may have caused regarding the authorship of the piece. There was no intent to claim it as original, but rather reflect consensus of opinion of California Chiefs.
Thanks

gn


Police Chief clears air over editorial
A letter to our readers
The Times-Standard contacted the column's original writer, Fresno Chief of Police and former President of the California Police Chiefs Association Jerry Dyer, who said he was asked to write the Clemmons piece by the Fresno Bee, as he's a regular contributor for them.

At a recent Cal Chiefs meeting, Dyer said he told everyone that he was working on the piece and that he would be submitting it. As he's done before, he said he urged all the regional chiefs to localize the piece -- either using it as a jumping off point or using parts or all of it -- and to submit it to their local papers.

It is important that individuals who submit columns acknowledge when information, ideas, viewpoints or phrases are coming from another source. In this case, a simple citation or sentence of attribution would have sufficed, giving us a chance to weigh whether we were interested in running the opinion of Fresno's police chief -- even with a local angle -- and allowing readers to understand the full picture of the piece's origin.


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Public safety is an investment, not a cost

Garr Nielsen/For the Times-Standard
Posted: 12/16/2009 01:30:12 AM PST

On Nov. 23, Maurice Clemmons was released on bail from Pierce County Jail. In less than a week, he would change the lives of four families forever.
Clemmons' ongoing criminal behavior and propensity for violence should have been sufficient grounds for his continued incarceration. Over a four-day period in May, Clemmons punched a sheriff's deputy, forced relatives to strip naked, and raped a child, all of this while he was on parole status from Arkansas. Yet, Clemmons remained free.
The legal systems in Arkansas and Washington failed miserably, resulting in the two states transferring blame and pointing fingers at one another. Meanwhile, the Lakewood Police Department in Washington and the families of the four slain officers are left to suffer.
Many have forgotten the importance of the criminal justice system to include our prisons. California prisons are filled with Clemmons types. Many are suffering from mental illness and drug addiction and refuse to be rehabilitated. When they do get out, we rely on our police officers to stand between them and us.
When someone like Clemmons is willing to kill four police officers in broad daylight, how much easier is it to kill four innocent citizens?
The safety of our communities must be our highest priority and the foundation for government. Police officers, prosecutors, jails and prisons cannot be seen as a burden or cost to government. They are investments. There are many who don't realize this and believe
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the way to reduce California's deficit is to slash funding to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which includes state parole.
Although I agree that significant improvements need to be made to CDCR and how we supervise those on parole, this does not include the wholesale release of inmates from prison and the elimination of parole status. Significant money may be saved on the front end, but over time, the cost to local communities will be immeasurable.
When crime and fear go up, communities become paralyzed, causing businesses and residents to flee California. The Eureka Police Department is committed to providing a safe community and we have made great strides in our efforts to become a more effective, collaborative and responsive organization. The wholesale release of prison inmates into our community will adversely impact much of the progress we have made and further tax our scarce resources.
What further complicates this matter is a federal court ruling by a three-judge panel, which has ruled that prison overcrowding in California is a direct cause of inadequate health care to inmates. As a result, the panel has given a tentative order to reduce the prison population by 40,000 inmates over a two-year period.
A portion of those inmates would be released to the Eureka community. A plan has been submitted by CDCR to the court outlining how the releases would occur. This plan is being reviewed by the judicial panel, which means the initial releases may begin in the early part of 2010.
Along the way, there will be attempts to disguise the type of inmates being released by calling them “nonviolent” or not serious offenders.
Do not be fooled; “career criminals” will be released. It takes an average of five convictions before a person is ever sent to prison, and the year prior to their arrest, they commit between 12 and 15 felonies. And most disturbing, of those “nonviolent” inmates being released, 70 percent will reoffend within three years, and many of those will commit a violent crime before they are rearrested.
When one of these “nonviolent” criminals commits a brutal murder like Clemmons did, you can expect the transferring of blame and finger pointing to begin, just as we are seeing today in Arkansas and Washington as people try to escape the blame for allowing the senseless and tragic loss of life. But finger pointing after the fact serves no useful purpose. We need to ensure that we support a system which does not allow for the release of the Maurice Clemmonses back into our neighborhoods.
Remember, “Public safety is an investment, not a cost.”
Garr Nielsen is chief of the Eureka Police Department.
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Posted at 07:27 AM on Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2009

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On Nov. 23, Maurice Clemmons was released on bail from Pierce County Jail. In less than a week, he would change the lives of four families forever.
Clemmons' ongoing criminal behavior and propensity for violence should have been sufficient grounds for his continued incarceration. Over a four-day period in May, Clemmons punched a sheriff's deputy, forced relatives to strip naked, and raped a child, all of this while he was on parole status from Arkansas. Yet, Clemmons remained free.
The legal systems in Arkansas and Washington failed miserably, resulting in the two states transferring blame and pointing fingers at one another. Meanwhile, the Lakewood Police Department in Washington, and the families of the four slain officers are left to suffer.
Many have forgotten the importance of the criminal justice system to include our prisons. California prisons are filled with Clemmons types. Many are suffering from mental illness and drug addiction and refuse to be rehabilitated. When they do get out, we rely on our police officers to stand between them and us.
When someone like Clemmons is willing to kill four police officers in broad daylight, how much easier is it to kill four innocent citizens?
The safety of our communities must be our highest priority and the foundation for government. Police officers, prosecutors, jails and prisons cannot be seen as a burden or cost to government. They are investments. There are many who don't realize this and believe the way to reduce the California's deficit is to slash funding to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which includes state Parole.
Although I agree that significant improvements need to be made to CDCR and how we supervise those on parole, this does not include the wholesale release of inmates from prison and the elimination of parole status. Significant money may be saved on the front end, but over time the cost to local communities will be immeasurable.
When crime and fear go up, communities become paralyzed, causing businesses and residents to flee California. Fresno experienced this in the 1990s when drive-by shootings, car-jacking and home invasion robberies occurred nightly in our city, and crime soared out of control. We cannot afford a return to the '90s.
What further complicates this matter is a federal court ruling by a three-judge panel, which has ruled that prison overcrowding in California is a direct cause of inadequate health care to inmates. As a result, the panel has given a tentative order to reduce the prison population by 40,000 inmates over a two year period.
Of the 40,000, about 1,600 inmates would be released to the Fresno community. A plan has been submitted by CDCR to the court outlining how the releases would occur. This plan is being reviewed by the judicial panel, which means the initial releases may begin in the early part of 2010.
Along the way, there will be attempts to disguise the type of inmates being released by calling them "nonviolent-nonserious" offenders. Do not be fooled, "career criminals" will be released. It takes an average of five convictions before a person is ever sent to prison and the year prior to their arrest, they commit between 12 and 15 felonies. And most disturbing, of those "nonserious-nonviolent" inmates being released, 70% will reoffend within three years, and many of those will commit a violent crime before they are rearrested.
When one of these "nonviolent-nonserious" criminals commits a brutal murder like Clemmons did, you can expect the transferring of blame and finger pointing to begin, just as we are seeing today in Arkansas and Washington as people try to escape the blame for allowing the senseless and tragic loss of life.
Remember, "Public safety is an investment, not a cost."

JERRY DYER HAS SERVED AS FRESNO’S POLICE CHIEF SINCE 2001.