This is an old email, but still interesting, nonetheless.
The bolded parts in the following email sent from Chief Picken’s are supposed to “establish an agenda and direction for the Chief’s Advisory Board”. In hindsight, however, we know that the issues brought forth from the past two meetings are identical to the issues from meetings in 2009 . What is perhaps the most telling about this email (besides the obvious attempt to pretend that you are actively working to better the department) is the timing of its release; it happens to coincide with the time that the department was fretting over the negative postings made by its personnel on indeed.com.
From: John Pickens (Chief of Police)
Sent: Friday, September 06, 2013 2:57 PM
Cc: John Pickens (Chief of Police)
Subject: Chief’s Advisory Board
I established a Chief’s Advisory Board in 2001 to serve as a mechanism to improve communication by providing accurate information and a forum to address and resolve issues. The board was not established to circumvent the chain of command. The board as it was established has not met since 2009. There has been quite a bit of change since that time, (promotions, changes in personnel, new hires, etc.). I would like to re-establish the board with more of a focused driven direction. Members of the advisory board would be bring forth ideas to establish new programs, suggestions to improve processes, and other relevant suggestions that would assist me with continued progress of the department. I would like to focus on the positive things but I also realize that there will be other issues that will need to be addressed as well. I anticipate adding representatives from the sergeant’s group at a later date.
The group consists of:
Police Aide KG
Police Aide PW
Police Aide BF
Please get in touch with any of the representatives to provide information and suggestions. The first meeting will be scheduled very soon. As always, I appreciate your assistance. Please contact me if you have any questions.
John L. Pickens Chief of Police Arizona State University Police Department