The San Diego police department in in mid-June 2017 unveiled a new early intervention system (EIS), a management tool designed to identify officers with repeated performance problems and to correct those problems. After a series of sex scandals involving SDPD officers several years ago, the department’s existing EIS was found to be non-functional. An investigation found that the once-highly regarded police department had suffered from a number or management lapses, some of which were related to the city’s financial crisis and a reduction in the number of officers. Sam Walker commented that many police officer performance problems stem from personal and family problems. Traditional police discipline systems, he added, often fail “to engage an officer” and address off-the-job issues.
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