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SDPD: Medical-marijuana raids involved 105 police personnel

October 6, 2009 - 1:56 pm

On Sept. 15, CityBeat filed a public-records request with the San Diego Police Department and county Sheriff’s Department requesting a personnel and cost breakdown, including overtime, for the Sept. 9 raids of 14 medical-marijuana collectives in San Diego County.

Six days later, Sanford A. Toyen, a legal adviser to Sheriff Bill Gore, responded to the request by saying no information was available because “[t]ypically such ‘cost breakdowns’ are not generated unless overtime is used. No overtime was used for the raids referenced in your request.”

Today, San Diego Police Department spokesperson Monica Munoz finally wrote back, and her response was — to say the least — eye-opening. Here’s her reply verbatim:

On Sept 9, 2009 SDPD conducted a sweep that targeted illegal marijuana dispensaries. Generally the SDPD does not keep a specific record of money spent for each operation or event, and did not in this instance. 

However, through an operations plan, we do keep a record as to the number of officers involved in an event / operation. The sweep involved the following personnel: 

16 sergeants

56 detectives

31 officers

2 police service officers

For those keeping score, that’s a grand total of 105 police personnel involved in the city raids, which targeted 11 city medical-marijuana collectives and led to 23 arrests within city borders. In a follow-up response, Munoz said no police personnel worked overtime during the raids. In addition, the total includes an unspecified number of narcotics detectives who “worked on it for several weeks,” Munoz said.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2009 - 6:20 pm 6:20 pm

    You think with all those people there, they could of put all that time and money and effort into catching a pedophile or something. pot is kinda lame

  2. Ocie permalink
    October 8, 2009 - 4:30 pm 4:30 pm

    Mr Lamb I found your numerical analysis to be quite interesting. It appears that 10 to 11 officers just may be normal proceedure for the SDPD. In May 2007 my son was killed by SDPD officers who responded to a Domestic Violence 911 call. Ten count them 10 officers responded and my son did not survive the cop’s hands on solution. And of course my son was blamed for his own death. But really did it take 10 cops for an already handcuffed prisoner?

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