June 22, 2000
To Live and Try in L.A.
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Streamline Complaint System
Too much of a supervising officer's time is spent processing complaints, and not enough is spent in the field, where his or her experience would be of greater use.
Since the Christopher Commission, city leaders have been slow to institute reforms on a large enough scale, such as an officer tracking system, increased legal training for officers and more active prosecution of laws on the books. "It would be one thing if we go through this and learn, but if we look at the slow response in implementing Christopher Committee recommendations following Rodney King..."Rosenberg lets out a sigh. "Everyone is looking at the police department as if we've failed," he says. "We didn't fail. Our hands were tied by the same politicians who are critical of the system now.
"Look, 99 percent, 99.5 percent of police officers are modern day knights. They welcome danger, and they despise criminals. That's the dedication you see in any police officer who puts on his uniform every day. They've given what I've given of myself to make the city a safer place. They are what separates chaos from the city."
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