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.
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