Spokesman Review Reporter Adam Shanks did a very good job in this story regarding the Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC), however I thought I would add just a little more regarding Adam’s “riven with behind the scenes turmoil” statement.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was so excited about
its launch, he said in July it “is going to be one of the best things that
happens to this community.”
Many of the Cops and Firefighters I talk with see the SREC
issue for exactly what it is, a political power play by Spokane County Sheriff
Ozzie Knezovich aided by Spokane Valley Fire Chief Bryan Collins with the help
of Mayor Condon to gain as much control of Public Safety for the County as
possible regardless of what affect it might have on the Citizens.
Even though Politics should never play a role in Public
Safety it always seems to rear its ugly head as it did with since passed and
very highly respected SPD Lt. JD Anderson.
“Police officers in general have the specter of the unknown
everyday,” Arleth said. “You switch your body physiology from dealing with kids
who want to play basketball to a severe traffic crash with a pedestrian to a
barricaded subject. It’s a constant shifting of gears. Those types of stressors
can affect the body.”
“Arleth, Meidl and Walker all said that the stresses of the
job are hard to avoid.”
Mayor David Condon’s Chief of Police
Craig Meidl is noted for doing anything and everything he told to do by his
Boss and then passing on orders to his Majors to get the Mayor’s will done,
including forcing someone into a position within SPD they don’t want to have
anything to do with and adamantly disagree with the concept in the position
they are forced into.
Lt. JD Anderson died from
complications associated with a medical issue which can be exasperated by
stress, and Meidl’s decision to not grant his request to return to Patrol
Division certainly didn’t help JD’s stress level as this email exchange and
others makes quite obvious.
Of course, there is always lots more
“behind-the-scenes turmoil”, and here is but one example.
The link below will take you to the
Power Point Presentation attached to the above email: