Cop “Playbook” rules
There’s been a rule added to the police union “Playbook.” (The “playbook” was a law firm’s list of rules for police unions to use to pressure administrations. Google “Lackie, Dammeier, McGill playbook” for more information.)
The new “rule” is “Get civilians to follow the playbook for you whenever possible.”
From the “Playbook:
- Public Appearances . . . The association should make known . . . that the association is upset about the lack of concern for public safety.
We see a Councilwoman and a group of protesters – including a PD volunteer – doing this for the union, consistently.
- Public Ridicule – Blunders by the City Manager, Mayor, or City Council members or wasteful spending should be highlighted and pointed out to the public at every opportunity. (“The 60th Anniversary was felony-filled!” which has nothing to do with police staffing.)
Just keep his name in print
We have a local blogger who’s been attacking the Mayor (and often the pro tem) since well before 2008, making unsubstantiated (and disproved) accusations, name calling, and labeling.1 He has a group of followers, including a Councilwoman, who solemnly repeat his remarks as if they were reality-based.
- Focus on an Individual – Avoid spreading your energy. Focus on a city manager, councilperson, mayor or police chief and keep the pressure up until that person assures you his loyalty and then move on to the next victim.
One Councilwoman has been unconditionally supporting PD union demands, including the retroactive benefits that generated such huge unfunded libilities. Note that she was elected with support from the police and fire union PACs. So far, the Mayor and Pro Tem have resisted the PD union’s intimidation efforts.
One thing that only the officers themselves can do is the slowdown:
- Work Slowdown – This involves informing your members to comply closely with Department policy and obey all speed limits. It also involves having members do thorough investigations, such as canvassing the entire neighborhood . . . and asking for a back-up unit on most calls.
Another idea, apparently already in process, is to have Dispatch tell folks who report prowlers that they are too busy/understaffed to respond 2 but they’ll try to get there when they can. This is probably welcome information for a crime perpetrator; who knows, maybe perps call in prowler reports themselves to see how much time is available for their thievery.
So, civilian haters are doing some of the heavy lifting for playbook compliance, and police dispatchers are helping keep petty thieves informed. The goal is clearly to try to influence the coming contract negotiations — and the election.
The playbook advises doing whatever is necessary to intimidate or eliminate those who won’t give you what you want; the reliance on volunteers to do the work is new and creative and probably helps keep expenses – and job risks – down.
2 From a “Neighborhood Watch” newsletter: “Last night I witnessed four teenagers . . . definitely up to no good . . . we called Costa Mesa Police Dept., gave a description, and where they were last seen. They said they were too busy, but would follow up when they could . . .”