Wow. Maybe Hemet Dave is not a strong enough moniker for this guy:
Let’s talk about Dave Brown as Hemet’s police chief and the possible next County Sheriff. Fellow officers reported that when Brown was a patrol officer he was often found parked behind buildings working on a laptop trying to come up with community programs and acronyms for them and neglecting his patrol area. He was so desperate to be made chief that he felt by pushing these programs, it would be his ticket to chiefdom. He went so far as to offer to forego his benefits.
It was Brown’s idea to park a patrol car on a busy street corner where there was significant crime. He felt the visual of the unit would discourage criminals. This became a HUGE embarrassment when he ‘forgot’ about the unit that was left unattended or moved for days.
Brown was also the brainchild for the ROCS program (Reviving Our Community) where the city took an old swat truck and painted it up with well…in most opinions..like an huge ice cream truck. The ROC-mobile sat unused most of the time since no one in the department was licensed to drive the unit.
Brown then buddied up to a knucklehead named Larry George who proclaimed himself to be a news source for the city. Brown gave George permission to follow first responder units to scenes and report the incidents. Shortly after this bromance started, George and his crew were reprimanded for creating dangerous situations when following fire trucks, police units and ambulances. One of Georges staff reportedly filed a lawsuit against HPD when he was ‘roughed up’ by an officer when the reporter was in the way during an auto accident investigation.
Brown’s biggest blunder was his campaign called “Taking the fear out of crime”. When crime was at an all time high in Hemet, Brown, via newspapers and town hall meetings encouraged citizens to go into town day or night to shop, eat, socialize in order to keep money in the city. That his crew were out on the streets and the citizens shouldn’t let crime control their activities. A year later Brown had to admit to all that the ‘crime was bigger than his department’.
His recommendations to citizens were irresponsible, and egotistically driven. He put citizens at risk in very dangerous times. Brown’s speeches always included how he grew up in Hemet and he was committed to serving the city. Now he’s retied and running for Riverside County high Sheriff position. Brown has not had any policing experience outside of the small city of Hemet. He has no experience with courts and county jail demands. Furthermore, there is little to no doubt that corruption in his department DOES exist.
Given that there is a story that got limited press coverage with the sordid details of a lawsuit against the City of Hemet over racism and police abuse, there are definitely a slew of issues beneath the surface.
Perhaps Hemet Dave’s failure to raise significant resources is connected to the fact that donors understand his failure in Hemet. Hemet’s violent crime rate is number 1 in Riverside County.
His crowning achievement as related in the article is Measure U:
Hemet Dave said this is a good time to leave, saying there is strong leadership in place and the voter-approved Measure U, which increased sales tax 1 percentage point with money earmarked for public safety, leaves the department in good shape.
More on this in a future post, but I’d encourage Hemet Dave to campaign heavily on his tax measure.
The article drops another nuclear bomb as a throwaway right before the end:
Brown said his possible candidacy is not a sign that Hemet will dump its police department for the sheriff, which provides contract services in the majority of Riverside County cities.
In your intrepid blogger’s opinion, this is the biggest deal of this story – other than the fact that it omitted any reference to the spiraling crime statistics in Hemet. Will Hemet Dave Brown seek to convert Hemet in to a contract city should his extreme longshot bid pan out?
Hemet has also had a net loss of officers pitted against an increase in residents during Brown’s tenure despite the misleading claims of some in the article – More on that soon as well.
Hemet Dave Brown’s Sheriff Campaign is poorly funded and when juxtaposed against the reality that is Hemet is doomed. This is why Mr. Brown needs to re-focus the narrative.
The Hemet Police Department also uses the term “Canadians” as a derogatory reference to African-Americans, the complaint states.
Hemet Dave has a problem. Beyond being the police chief of the spraypaint capitol of Riverside County, his force apparently has issues.
“During the detention of an intoxicated person, another officer working with claimant found crystal methamphetamine in the detainee’s pocket, but the field training officer (FTO) supervising both officers destroyed the evidence,” the claim states.
“During the handling of a prisoner who was being loud, a corporal told claimant, ‘Kitchen, control your suspect,’ at which point the same FTO walked up, grabbed the prisoner’s head and slammed it into the wall several times, exclaiming, ‘That’s how you control a suspect,’” the claim adds.
At least they aren’t fed-kicking their suspects in Hemet, I suppose. (Maybe they are just kicking them physically…)
The document also alleges that Kitchen was told not to arrest a domestic-violence suspect because he was an acquaintance of a Hemet police sergeant, a practice that “was different than San Diego because Hemet was a ‘small town,’” the claim said.
Now that sounds like something Sheriff Stan Sniff would do! Looks like the genesis of the hatred between Brown and Sniff has to do with familiarity breeding contempt?
Meantime – review the below, more on this soon.
For some strange reason the Chief of Police in Hemet is also running for Sheriff.
Everyone in Riverside County knows Hemet is a war zone with a spiraling crime rate, even worse than the crime rate of Riverside County as as whole.
It is reputed and well-known that Hemet Dave Brown and Stan Sniff hate each other. Perhaps that is all it took.
While Brown has a few endorsements, he has a paltry $67K in the bank which was drawfed quintupled by the recent addition of $300k to Chad Bianco’s Sheriff Campaign. Even the feckless Sheriff has 6 times the money available than does Hemet Dave.
Hemet Dave Brown wants to become the next sheriff, the chief law enforcement officer in Riverside county. Cheif Hemet Dave Brown has based his campaign on his “experience” serving as the police chief in Hemet for the last six and a half years. Ouch.
Hemet Dave is running on his experience, but is ignoring the results he achieved while he was in charge of public safety in Hemet.
According to the most recent figures from the Department of Justice, crime – especially violent crime – in Hemet increased dramatically between 2011, when Hemet Dave became police chief and 2016, the most recent full year of available crime stats.
Here are the results of Hemet Dave’s Failed Leadership in Hemet:
* 37% Up = robberies
* 70% Up = total violent crimes
* 83% Up = increase of aggravated assaults
* 272% Up = rapes / forcible rapes
The last thing we need is Hemet Dave leading our law enforcement and public safety services throughout Riverside County, which is about the size of New Jersey with millions of residents.
Hemet Dave Brown failed miserably at his job of police chief for a city of 60,000+ residents. Can you imagine how crime-infested Riverside County would become with Hemet Dave in Charge?
By nearly all accounts, Hemet Dave is a nice guy. However, being nice has never protected the residents of Hemet and will not protect the residents of Riverside County.