Mar 062018
 

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In an article entitled “HEMET POLICE CHIEF BROWN SENDS OUT A “CALL TO ACTION” FOR ALL CITIZENS“, everything you need to know about Hemet Dave’s legacy (beyond community forums for dealing with spraypaint in Hemet) is contained in this article.

According to a recent press release from the City of Hemet, those respondents who felt crime was a growing problem in the city of Hemet are correct.

Crime and fire statistics recently revealed the following:

  • Violent crime is up 50% since 2010.
  • There are 25% fewer police officers on the street today than there were in 2006.
  • Last year, Hemet Fire Department responded to 16,171 calls for service.
  • Gang members and drug dealers continue to enter Hemet from Los Angeles and other communities to commit crime.
  • The number of parolees and sex offenders being released into Hemet is increasing.

Whoops. #EPICFAIL

In a press release from the City of Hemet, officials admitted, “It’s no secret, Hemet has serious crime and public safety issues.”

Then there is this:

(Hemet Dave) continued, “The fact is, we’re not getting a handle on it.

So the solution proffered was measure U. This is a 1 cent sales tax earmarked for public safety. Hemet Dave’s solution to the woes of Hemet was a massive tax increase. Note, there is a voter-led insurrection against a 12c gas tax and a doubling of car registration fees. Does Hemet Dave think the voters will give him a pass?

Check out this Million Dollar urban assault vehicle. It costs a ton to maintain, it is a sad commentary as it is likely you need one of these in parts of Hemet in order to get around. It is also a waste of money, like the Chief’s massive salary. Think of the number of cops you could hire with even Half of Brown’s $345k salary plus the Million Dollar vehicle that costs thousands to maintain?

Yes, the meeting talked about the article happened and it was an entree in to guilting the voters of Hemet in to a massive tax increase. Oh, and Hemet is still under siege even post tax. Ouch.

Feb 282018
 

Hemet’s own $345,000 a year Chief of Police had a rather candid moment on facebook. (This must have been before he decided to run)

When advocating for another tax increase for more public safety spending, Hemet Dave shared some candid thoughts about his hometown on the official Hemet Police Department Facebook page last year.  Here are a couple quotes from that June 3, 2016 Facebook page:

“… I am appalled by the recent decline in quality of life in Hemet.”

Well, he should be appalled.  However, Hemet Dave is the one person in charge of providing public safety and he has clearly failed at his job.  He can blame the residents.  He can blame the state, the county and the voters, but the responsibility – and blame – rests with him.

In what appears to be an effort to scare voters into approving a tax hike, Hemet Dave asserted, “FACT: Violent crime is UP over 50% since 2010. That means 189 more of our fellow citizens were victimized in 2015 as compared with 2010. I think that is unacceptable by any standard.”

Hemet Dave served as acting police chief for last part of 2010 and first half of 2011 before securing the job as permanent chief.  Notice the years he cites as proof that crime in Hemet is out of control?  2010-2015, the years he was in charge

We’ve included a screenshot of the facebook post in case it is deleted.

Worse – according to another anonymous source, the overpaid Police Chief was strong-arming people in Hemet to vote for measure U, a 1 cent sales tax increase. “Sooooo there is an email that Dave Brown sent to someone where he admits that he was manipulating police call data to pass the tax…. the guy who has it won’t release it….is there another way to get that email if Dave sent it from his private email?”

This dovetails with what we were told about Hemet Dave allegedly putting word out that the department was either supposed to ignore or delay responses to the houses of public opponents of Measure U. Nice, Huh?

Feb 222018
 

This is unreal, unbelievable and should disturb everyone: Hemet Dave Brown, the failed police chief from the crime-ridden and poverty-stricken city of Hemet received more in pay and benefits from the taxpayers in 2016 than the current Riverside County Sheriff. This almost sounds like the City of Bell scandal.

We’ve torched Stan Sniff repeatedly over his salary especially in light of his repeated pleas of budget woes. However, the responsibilities of the overpaid Riverside County Sheriff include overseeing thousands of employees and jail inmates and covering an area the size of the State of New Jersey.

Worse – according to another anonymous source, the overpaid Police Chief was strong-arming people in Hemet to vote for measure U, a 1 cent sales tax increase. “Sooooo there is an email that Dave Brown sent to someone where he admits that he was manipulating police call data to pass the tax…. the guy who has it won’t release it….is there another way to get that email if Dave sent it from his private email?”

This dovetails with what we were told about Hemet Dave allegedly putting word out that the department was either supposed to ignore or delay responses to the houses of public opponents of Measure U. Nice, Huh?

Let’s compare the positions of Riverside County Sheriff and Hemet Police Chief.

                                 County of Riverside       City of Hemet

                                          Sheriff                    Police Chief

Employees                       4,000+                    under 100

Jurisdiction                   7,303 sq mi                   28 sq mi

Residents                     2.5 million+                    84,000+

Jail Inmates                  about 4,000                      0

Annual Budget             $500 million+              $18 million

Pay & Benefits                $335,535                     $345,594

Does this look right to you?  Hemet Dave has a tiny fraction of the employees, geography and budget, yet requires the taxpayers to pay him more than the county sheriff?

The City of Hemet is always crying poverty.  Even Hemet Dave, complained that his employees earn any where between 17% and 72% less than other jurisdictions in Riverside County.  (Hemet PD Facebook page, by Hemet Dave Brown, June 3, 2016.)

However, his complaints about low pay had a glaring omission, his own extravagant pay!

Here are a couple screenshots revealing pay and benefits (all paid for by that taxpayers) from the Transparent CA website:

Riverside County Sheriff Total Pay & Benefits – 2016

Hemet Dave’s Police Chief Total Pay & Benefits – 2016

Ouch. Hemet Dave has a lot of explaining to do, including why the hell he is running in the first place.
Feb 192018
 

Link to post here.

ABOUT 2018 SHERIFF CANDIDATE DAVID BROWN

In Hemet, Dave Brown’s first platform for being made Hemet Police Chief several years back, was that he was raised in Hemet and he was fully committed to staying and fighting for the betterment of his city.

When he subsequently realized the crime in Hemet was too big for him to handle, he decided to retire and run for Riverside County Sheriff 2018.

According to a couple of his fellow officers; When Brown was a patrolman, he was often caught not patrolling his area but found parked behind buildings working on a laptop inventing acronyms for programs he wanted to impress the then HPD Chief in order to build his CV for future Chiefdom. (Source; retired HPD officer)

He was so desperate to become chief, he offered to forfeit his benefits if they made him chief. (Source; HPD officer)

When little Hemet was experiencing crime rates higher than any other city in Riverside County, Brown shared in the Press ‘his’ program called “Taking the fear out of crime”, where he publicly encouraged citizens to feel safe and to go into downtown Hemet day or night to shop, eat, and visit friends because his troops were there. (PE.com)

This was a time when criminals were kicking in front-doors, beating up elders and robbing them blind in their own homes, rapes, mugging people on the streets and in shopping centers, and car/home theft were at ridiculously high levels. Murder was at never before seen highs.

Brown broadcast this foolish encouragement to insure Hemet citizens would spend their money in Hemet and not shop in safer nearby towns. He said he was confident that while short-staffed, his officers had a handle on crime.

This move by Brown was based on his inflated Barney Fife ego, and it was an irresponsible and dangerous recommendation to send citizens into the danger. He subsequently put on a big slideshow for the citizens at council meeting of how he was going to ‘Take Back Hemet’ from the criminals. Again, more attempts to boost his ego and prepare himself for his run for Sheriff.

It was in late 2015 or early 2016 Brown was finally forced to admit publicly that the crime was greater than he and his officers could handle. (PE.com)

Brown decided that a patrol car parked in a visible spot in a high crime area would help deter criminals in that area. This became a huge embarrassment to Brown in-that he forgot about that patrol car and it sat unmanned and unmoved for a couple of days. (Hemet/ROC city minutes)

Brown then decided to start the ROC (Reviving our Community) program where the city/PD bought an old SWAT wagon and painted it up like, well, most called it an ice cream truck or pimp-mobile. PE.com/VChron. It was to be a promotional tool, used at schools and city events where children could meet the officers and citizens would think that the ROC mobile would be patrolling their neighborhoods preventing crime. Their other intent was to use it to roll to high crime areas and ‘lean on’ landlords who were renting to gang members and troublemakers. This embarrassing project had a big problem in-that no-one with PD was properly licensed to drive it, thus it has spent most of its time sitting in the police yard.

Under Brown, many Hemet citizens were furious that several murders had gone unsolved. Brown does not pro-actively have his people work on murders claiming lack of staff. (Truth: incompetence). Source: Myvalleynews

One alleged suicide with the victim’s drunk girlfriend in the next room, went without GSR testing, and a search for the shell casing didn’t take place for 5 months. Of course, they didn’t find the ONE casing.

Brown then buddied up to and struck an agreement with a transient town yokel, last name George, who claimed to be a newscaster (ahem) and who wanted to follow first responders to calls in order to report on them for Facebook readers. Brown agreed and a picture of the two shaking hands was published. (Hemetnews) George quoted as saying “we’re buddies”.

This bromance didn’t last long when complaints were filed that George’s people were chasing too close to police, ambulance and fire rigs creating dangerous conditions. In one incident, one of George’s team threatened to sue HPD when he was roughed up by an HPD officer when the reporter (ahem) interfered with the investigation of a traffic accident.

Brown, was a strong proponent for Measure U, a much needed tax to be used only for public safety. i.e, hiring more ‘boots on the ground’, more crime fighting programs and for Hemet Fire Department needs. However, per an HPD officer, Brown has had a problem finding lateral officers in-that; 1. Qualified officers don’t want to work Hemet (“reputation” of city or police chief?), 2. Salary isn’t sufficient for the risk. 3. Little to no advancement opportunities.

If Brown couldn’t woo laterals to Hemet, what makes him think he can convince qualified deputies to work for the Sheriff’s department when Riverside Sheriff’s Department has historically had a very difficult time recruiting people to work for them?

How is it that this little ‘friendly’, Barney Fife police officer, who’s only experience has been working the small city of Hemet and failed as police chief, and failed with his silly programs, and NOW quits his hometown job because he thinks he can run for Riverside County’s High Sheriff, (the 5th largest county in California) and make a difference? Little man big ego syndrome? Don’t we already have one of those in Sniff?

Dave Brown has NO experience in the county court system, or the jail system, or working anything larger than the small city of Hemet. All of which should be a prerequisite for the High Sheriff position.

Brown’s only bragging rights are his arranging a cooperative with Murrieta’s SWAT team and negotiating with CHP to patrol Hwy 74/Florida on the West end (which was CHP’s area but had not been patrolling it). Brown also had a volunteer (retired) police officer on a motorcycle patrolling Florida during the day but this ended a few months later.

VOTE SMART – I’M LIKING CHAD BIANCO

Feb 172018
 

Hemet Dave Releases Plan to Restore Public Trust in the Riverside Sheriff’s Department

Proposal would establish facts and restore accountability in response to the promotional testing scandal

Former Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown released a plan today that would rebuild public trust in the Riverside Sheriff’s Department following revelations, first reported by The Desert Sun and featured in USA Today, of a promotional testing scandal.

Click to Read the Full USA Today Article
“I am calling upon our region’s respected county, prosecutorial, and civilian oversight leaders to begin the process of restoring trust in our Sheriff’s Department through full transparency and accountability,” said Brown.

Brown has called for County Counsel to reaffirm protections for deputies or county employees who act as whistelblowers, an inquiry by the District Attorney’s office regarding the impact these revelations may have on criminal convictions, and a thorough investigation by the Riverside County Civil Grand Jury.

“I have a long track record of fair and equitable executive leadership that sets clear standards and expectations and rewards excellence. However, I’ve also dealt swiftly and effectively with allegations of wrongdoing. There is simply no room for wavering as a chief executive, especially when the public trust hangs in the balance. Sheriff Sniff owes the citizens a thorough explanation of this scandal while protecting the privacy of the employees and the integrity of the investigation,” concluded Brown.