Spin Zone

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The ongoing management implosion at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has taken on its own reality in the spin zone.

The disconnect and excuses are bordering on the ridiculous and absurd.

Even one local newspaper has picked up on it.

The newly-discovered investigation regarding inmate abuse, at the county jail facilities, is what it is. But the department wants the public to view the situation through rose-colored glasses.

I’m a big supporter of the organization, and most importantly, the rank-and-file deputies in the trenches. The agency’s management is a different story.

For at least a decade, or longer, promotions within the agency have become increasingly less about merit and ability, and more about back-slapping and who-knows-who.

But! There’s more to running a law enforcement agency than showing up for work, going to lunch, and then, of course, drinks after work.

The downside effects of the lack of discipline is now rearing its ugly head. in the corrections operations, where a constant influx of new deputies requires hands-on management skills.

A federal civil rights investigation is going to ferret out exactly what’s going on. We likely can expect more bad news.

What’s becoming absurd is the Sheriff’s Departments spin on events.

Dissecting the words is interesting.

The sheriff says they were on the allegations well before the FBI entered the scene.

But, the FBI says they became aware of situation during the same time frame as the sheriff. Not a month later, as the sheriff would like everyone to believe.

The sheriff wants everyone to think this is a joint investigation. However, the FBI says its their investigation and the findings will be turned over to the U.S. Attorney, not the San Bernardino County District Attorney.

Thank God!

The FBI says the department is cooperating with them! The keyword here being “cooperating”.

Now comes the absurd.

The department has, in some warped sense of reality, started injecting AB109 prison realignment into the story.

Somehow the sheriff is inferring that alleged deputy assaults on inmates is a result of all the state prisoners being transferred into county jails.

That’s right! Prison relignment is to blame.

Even the editorial board of The Sun newspaper is calling “bullshit” on this one.

To read the newspaper editorial click the following link: Sheriff must take strong action against alleged jail abuse: Editorial