One of the ways San Diego police will try to move forward after the alleged misconduct of Officer Anthony Arevalos and the resignation of Chief Bill Lansdowne is to seek input from those who meet with police officers.
The department, reports NBCSanDiego.com, will send letters to residents who are in contact with officers in connection with traffic accidents or violations and other non-violence incidents.
More than 1,000 letters were sent to residents this week, according to the station. They can answer questions via computer, smart phone or by calling in, and no identifying information about the respondents will be shared with the department, authorities said.
Though the department has faced upheaval over the Arevalos issue, Lansdowne agreed to be part of the survey last year, the station reported. About 100 other law enforcement agencies also are taking part.
Voice of San Diego also has revealed more information about the Arevalos case and how insiders within the department had long suspected him of serious misconduct. Some critics called him “teflon” for his ability to escape without punishment, despite multiple accusations.