Chief Mills has been building quite a resume while “leading” EPD, and the final “feather in his cap” is looking like it’s just around the corner. Make no mistake about it Eureka, the “Teflon” Chief will move on from Eureka and when he does the citizens will be left to deal with the consequences.
At the top of that list are the changes he has made to the working conditions at EPD. They will last long after the Chief abandons Eureka. We haven’t mentioned it much before, but most of EPD’s senior officers have left the department. The department is now filled with scores of rookie officers, and some of the only senior EPD Officer’s left are in supervisory positions.
Before Mill’s goes, let’s recap a few of his so called “successes” from the past 2 years while he’s been running the department into the ground:
“Chief Mills claims to have streamlined services and cut wasteful spending”.
Under Mills deceitful direction, Officers started “under classifying” some crimes, and just plain stopped taking reports on other crimes. For instance, there’s the “completely false” Mills claim that “the violent crime rate is down” in Eureka; The crimes that used to be classified as “assault with a deadly weapon” were either reclassified to simple assaults, or the officer convinces the victim not to make a report. The proof of this practice is in the same statistics. You see, people occasionally die when they are assaulted with a deadly weapon. In the past 2 years the murder rate in Eureka has skyrocketed. So either the criminals have gotten 7 times better at killing, or the stat’s are completely swayed toward under reporting.
Here’s another area of statistical number fudging should begin to bear fruit for Mills very soon. As part of the EPD budget cuts, Mills cut all of the (PSO) Police Services Officer positions. If you remember, those were the Officer’s dressed in the light blue shirts that would respond to traffic collisions, thefts, loose animals, traffic hazards, abandoned vehicles, stolen property, and the list goes on. In losing all those positions, EPD began to change the types of calls they would now respond to. What has been thoroughly lost in the conversation was that the PSO’s generated crime reports….. lots of them! If your car was broken into those PSO’s would respond, gather evidence, and generate a report. Now…….you have to insist on an officer taking a report.
As of this month, the Eureka Police Department has about 2000 less crime reports taken than in the previous 10 years. Think we’re making this up? Just watch the video linked in the following video posted on the Lost Coast Outpost. Some folks would say this guy’s really unlucky. In our experience, the only unlucky choice that he made the mistake of thinking Eureka was a place to stop and spend the night:
Finally, in trimming down “wasteful spending” Chief Mills is rumored to be about to finalize an agreement with the Police Union that will cut back on the amount of officers working patrol, along with opening up the possibility of cutting officer positions. If this proves to be true it will have the effect of leaving many more citizens with no protection from the ongoing crime wave! As of the writing of this post, it is reported that Mills is try to force different working hours for patrol officers. By changing the hours, the new schedule could potentially cut a number of police officer positions. A pretty stupid plan to save money, right? The biggest drawback is that with the Mills proposed schedule, some nights may have half as many cops working. With fewer cops working, less crime reports will be taken. So, in a weird underhanded way, Mills is actually going once again use trickery to lower the “crime rate”* by cutting back on Police Officers. He probably figures why not? The “dumb as post” City Council thinks it worked so well getting rid of all those PSO’s! BUT it will be to the detriment of Eureka citizens, and the rookie officers who don’t know any better and will be forced to work in a more violent city with fewer officers helping out or available for back up. *(remember the crime rate is NOT the amount of actual crimes occurring, it’s the number of crimes the police choose to report)
“Chief Mills claims to have taken proactive and effective approaches to dealing with, what he ridiculously claims is Eureka’s biggest public safety issue…..homelessness”. Since the start of Mills tenor, he focused in on and vilified Eureka’s most disadvantaged group, (the group that has the least political power), and made them the scapegoat for all crime in Eureka.
A well loved Priest is murdered, teenagers stabbed to death on the street, spreading gang violence, home invasion robberies and all the inevitable violence surrounding those acts……Mills wants you to see them as no big deal! But shopping carts being used by those “Damn” homeless……..now that’s a huge deal for the Mills run police department. In fact, Mills even assigned a “shopping cart czar” to address that problem. (Hey Mills, Where’s your street Gang “czar”?)
Public Nudity, poop in the bay, and bicyclists, have received lots and lots of attention from Mills. Crimes that involve violence…..not so much. Even worse, in a City with one of the very worst traffic collision rates, we’ve heard that Mills has cut the EPD traffic unit back to one officer.
Mills (possibly the worst Chief eureka has ever seen) will leave eventually, that is a fact and good riddance! The only thing we don’t know yet is how much more damage will this Police Chief, Andy Mills cause before he moves on to bigger and better ($$$) things?