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S.F. police chief could face discipline for skipping target practice
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, June 4, 2008 | Jaxon Van Derbeken

Posted on 06/04/2008 5:57:43 PM PDT by walkerk

After being assailed by the police officer whose satiric videos earned him and nearly two dozen others suspensions in 2005, San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong acknowledged that she has gone years without taking the target practice required for officers who carry guns.

The head of the city's Police Commission said today that the panel was likely to take disciplinary action against Fong, which could range from a letter of reprimand to something more severe.

Department rules require all police officers who carry guns to pass shooting range tests every six months. Fong said in a statement this week that "the duties of a police chief are demanding and time-consuming. I acknowledge that I have not scheduled time for firearms re-qualifications. This will be addressed for future re-qualifications."

Fong did not say when she last took a target-practice session at the department's shooting range near Lake Merced or when she would be tested next.

The issue of Fong's proficiency with a gun was raised last week by Officer Andrew Cohen. He wrote to Police Commission President Theresa Sparks that the chief had gone five years without being certified, which he called "an egregious matter of misconduct."

"I know the chief is busy, and an occasional lapse or non-appearance may be justified," Cohen wrote. "However, 10 consecutive failures to qualify are simply outrageous and insulting to all the men and women of the department."

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Under department policy, failing to qualify on the shooting range results in admonishment for a first offense, followed by a reprimand for a second, a possible suspension for the third and an automatic suspension for the fourth.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: banglist; beserkcop; doh; donutwatch; guncontrol; heatherfong; heathers; leo; police; sanfrancisco; sanfranciscovalues; sf

1 posted on 06/04/2008 5:57:43 PM PDT by walkerk
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To: walkerk

So did “Heather Fong” get a big city police chief spot on the basis of merit?

/s


2 posted on 06/04/2008 6:02:14 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: walkerk

My question is... must she use Distilled Water or does Tap Water qualify?


3 posted on 06/04/2008 6:03:00 PM PDT by tubebender (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: walkerk

Cheap Leather Thong.


4 posted on 06/04/2008 6:04:50 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: walkerk

I wish I could get paid to take target practice.


5 posted on 06/04/2008 6:06:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: walkerk

I have heard that there are other things that the “Chief” does not do. It looks like a case of Affirmative Action at its best.


6 posted on 06/04/2008 6:06:55 PM PDT by NY Attitude
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To: A_Former_Democrat

What was it Dirty Harry said? “A person has to know their limitations”


7 posted on 06/04/2008 6:09:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Affirmative action at work. I wonder if she even knows how to shoot. They properly just waved her right thought the academe, too afraid of discriminating against those who cant shoot.


8 posted on 06/04/2008 6:10:57 PM PDT by chaos_5
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To: walkerk

Officer Andrew Cohen is, for reasons yet unknown pissed at Police Chief Heather Fong. I am sure, depending on the action by the San Francisco Police Commission, that Police Chief Heather Fong will also be pissed at Officer Andrew Cohen. Cohen is possibly preparing for retirement at this late date.


9 posted on 06/04/2008 6:11:46 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Having custody of a loaded weapon does not arm you. The skill to use the weapon is what arms a man.)
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To: walkerk

I used to love to watch the officers in my army reserve unit qualify with their 45’s. They couldn’t hit the side of a barn but they always qualified.


10 posted on 06/04/2008 6:18:58 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: walkerk

I’m reminded of Clint Eastwood “Dirty Harry” Callahan asking rookie officer (a young, good looking Tyne Daley before she put on weight) about her felony arrests. She had none. Then about her misdemeanor arrests. She had none.

Heather Fong looks like she couldn’t take down a 10 year old kid, hasn’t fired her weapon in 5 years and looks like she was appointed Chief for politically correct or “multicultural” reasons rather than her competence as a police officer. She probably knows how to work the room and brown nose enough though.

She looks like a typical passive aggressive wimpy “liberal”. Maybe she could talk or dialog a criminal into the back of a patrol car if he would promise to be nice.


11 posted on 06/04/2008 6:20:57 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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To: garyhope

Correction - before she put on tons of weight and got old.


12 posted on 06/04/2008 6:33:25 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: walkerk
Or, they'll institute one of those wacko policies that strips the police from carrying guns.

A new, community friendly way of treating criminals with respect, side-stepping Chief Fong's fear of guns.

13 posted on 06/04/2008 6:33:45 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: garyhope
I think your confused with the movie series Police Academy I - II - III -IIII - V
14 posted on 06/04/2008 6:34:01 PM PDT by tubebender (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: B4Ranch
Officer Andrew Cohen is, for reasons yet unknown pissed at Police Chief Heather Fong.

Cohen made that video a couple of years back that got him and others in hot water with the chief. He's got a blog here
15 posted on 06/04/2008 6:55:00 PM PDT by walkerk
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To: Retired Chemist

lol


16 posted on 06/04/2008 7:01:34 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: walkerk

It must be nice to be a screw off and then get to issue a statement.

Can you see the officers be reprimanded, and then telling Ms. Worthless that a statement would be forthcoming.


17 posted on 06/04/2008 7:03:38 PM PDT by healy61
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To: walkerk; SmithL; NormsRevenge

Ah, life in The Special City™.

18 posted on 06/04/2008 7:03:56 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

You can’t fool me. That’s George Takei in a wig, isn’t it?


19 posted on 06/04/2008 7:06:49 PM PDT by RichInOC ("No, Commander Sulu, ya canna beam up your young friend.")
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To: walkerk

Yeah, that department sounds pretty strict about quals for practice.

“Mandatory suspension for the fourth.”

Incredible


20 posted on 06/04/2008 7:09:06 PM PDT by wastedyears (Like a bat outta Hell.)
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To: martin_fierro
If you think the chief's bad, read about S.F. Police Commission President "Theresa" Sparks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresa_Sparks
21 posted on 06/04/2008 7:13:39 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: RichInOC

if i remember correctly,

she’s the first les chief.


22 posted on 06/04/2008 7:26:09 PM PDT by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: irishjuggler

Good golly! Where to start?


23 posted on 06/04/2008 7:28:55 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: walkerk
Image hosted by Photobucket.com cough up the gun sunshine...
24 posted on 06/04/2008 7:47:44 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©® - CTHULHU/SHOGGOTH '08 = Nothing LESS!!!)
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To: walkerk

From a safety standpoint, it’s probably a good thing that Feather Hong didn’t show up at the range.

If she had her way SFPD probably wouldn’t be an armed force, much less the rest of us.


25 posted on 06/04/2008 7:47:50 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: martin_fierro

Is that a hot babe or what? Or what?

Excuse me a moment....

I feel better now.


26 posted on 06/04/2008 7:50:54 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: ken21
She may be several things but I have seen her at Costco with what I have believed to to be her husband. He was male unless he really was her “assistant” which I doubted. The SFPD does not want straight white males unless they already have relatives on the force. She is quite thin and I don't see how she could effect an arrest but then again I was told SF was a “multicultural diverse city and they wanted their officers to reflect that”.

It was a PC way of telling me no matter how well you qualify whitey you were too white,too straight too male and too small. I was 5'6” 175 at the time could bench more than my own weight,practiced jiu-jitsu and karate and shot recreationally. I at least knew which end of the pistol the round exited which was more than some of my fellow “candidates”. It was the first time I was aware I was being discriminated against on the basis of my race, gender and sexual orientation. If the the SFPD wants to fill out their force with AA hires good luck.

27 posted on 06/05/2008 1:14:25 AM PDT by Polynikes (Yo, homie. Is that my briefcase?)
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To: walkerk
"Cohen is out on medical leave after he had an accident while working in the records room."

I know that the report was about pistol quals, but really would not everyone have liked to have seen more information on this part of the story??? What the heck can you do in the records room that would injure you so badly as to not be able to do your duty????

On another note, one of the reasons I was in the Marines was because they paid me to shoot and blow things up. How much better does it get?? If I was a cop, they would probably suspend me for too much range time!!

On a related note, don't you just love when people talk about guns and they say leave that to the experts (referring to the police). This is just another piece of ancedotal evidence that a lot of cops are most definitely not "experts" on firearms.
28 posted on 06/05/2008 5:59:00 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Here you go:

http://www.sfweekly.com/2008-05-28/news/videogate-cop-injured-on-dutyat-his-desk-job/


29 posted on 06/05/2008 10:09:57 AM PDT by walkerk
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To: walkerk

Funny, thanks for the info.


30 posted on 06/05/2008 11:01:15 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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