During 2011, the Human Resource Services Bureau continued to provided support department-wide for all Personnel, Training, Risk Management, Payroll, and Employee Relations needs. Some of the highlights are below:
In 2011, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department continued to test and screen applicants in the preparation for future staffing needs Through the year, recruiters attended numerous recruiting and public relations events, job fairs and educational institution events in an effort to remain in the forefront of law enforcement recruiting in San Diego County. In 2011, recruiters responded to more than 7,724 phone calls and e-mails regarding San Diego County Sheriff’s Department sworn employment. This resulted in the testing of almost 4,251 applicants in 2011. Each month, hundreds of candidates took the Sheriff’s written exam, and afforded reviewers the luxury of being highly selective in the hiring of employees. This allowed us to continue our long standing tradition of hiring the highest quality employees. 153 sworn deputies were hired in calendar year 2011.
The Sheriff’s Department was able to effectively reassign personnel, following natural attrition, in order to accomplish mandatory budgetary reductions. This enabled the department to avoid layoffs and help retain our current department employees. The Department Human Resources Officers (DHROs) conducted 1,029 interviews in 2011, which resulted in the hiring of 91 professional staff employees compared to 39 in 2010; a 133% increase.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department continues to recruit and hire Sheriff’s Deputies to maintain a high level of safety and security for the public. The San Diego Regional Academy successfully trained 106 law enforcement cadets for various law enforcement agencies in San Diego County. This included 42 cadets for the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. The Detentions/Court Academy trained 91 cadets and provided 608 hours for this training. These deputies were assigned to the Detentions Bureau upon graduation.
The San Diego Sheriff’s In-Service Training Unit (IST) continues to ensure our employees are highly trained with contemporary issues in mind. These classes include tactics, supervision, leadership, traffic enforcement, and drug recognition topics. In 2011, IST facilitated 91 classroom presentations, trained 2,326 students and provided more than 36,282 of hours of instruction. In-service staff created and implemented a three day Active Shooter/Terrorist Take Over based Continued Professional Training due to a number of high profile terrorist attacks in recent years. They continued the safe driving program, “Drive Like Your Life Depends on It” and implemented a four-wheel drive course for deputies driving these types of vehicles.
The Professional Staff Training Unit (PSTU) ensures the department is current with all county training mandates related to professional staff and many times both designs and delivers the training. Many of the courses include supervision and management, new employee orientation and computer-based classes. There were more than 9,935 hours of training offered to 1,285 employees.
Major facility upgrades involving the Weapons Training Unit (WTU) in 2011 included the completion of the “lead mining” at the Miramar firing range back berms, the installation of a networked computer system in the range guard office which allows the range guards to maintain an electronic range schedule with the USMC Training and Management Office, and the renovation of the Vista firing range, which included repairs to the ventilation system, the installation of a Troy acoustics system, new paint, furniture and flooring. The Vista range is now fully OSHA compliant.
Major projects involving the WTU in 2011 included the purchase of a new PRISim interactive training system, a Department-wide weapons inventory and the continuance of the early vest replacement program. The PRISim system was installed into Classroom A at the Miramar Training Facility, and became operational in October 2011. The weapons inventory and vest replacement program continued throughout the year.
The mobile armory remained operational during 2011. Personnel conducted 15 facility armory visits and provided service repairs to more than 1200 firearms. In October 2011, the mobile armory began the installation of lighting systems on patrol rifles and lethal shotguns, and the conversion of the less-lethal shotgun to safety orange stocks and for-ends. By years end installations were complete for 239 rifle lights, 116 shotgun conversions and approximately 265 trigger springs were replaced.
The WTU conducted 12 Continuing Professional Training (CPT) firearms classes, 12 patrol rifle courses, 2 firearms instructor courses, 1 rifle instructor course, 10 detentions firearms refresher courses, 6 HDSA firearms safety shoot courses, 1 safety shoot course for the department chaplains and 1 firearms safety course for the department explorers during 2011.
The WTU also presented the first-ever Mobile Field Force Grenadier Training Course. The course trained and certified 18 designated platoon grenadiers in the deployment of chemical agents and all less lethal systems, and included the training of an additional 21 platoon supervisors.
In May, the WTU hosted “Media Day” at the Miramar Training Facility. Assisted by In-Service Training, K-9 and CSB trainers and Public and Media Affairs personnel, WTU conducted demonstrations of all less lethal and lethal weapon systems currently issued to and utilized by patrol deputies. The demonstrations also included defensive tactics, K-9 and the PRIsm use of force training simulator. Media personnel were educated on department use of force guidelines, allowed one-on-one interviews with the Training Division instructors, allowed to fire all weapon systems and even participated in PRIsm use of force training simulator scenarios.
Two department-wide firearms qualifications were held during 2011, one of which consisted of the first-ever department qualification which tested safe unloading procedures for rifles and shotguns containing “chambered” rounds. The WTU conducted 24 scheduled firearms qualification testing venues for all holders of concealed weapon permits, lateral hire applicants and other individuals, and continued to provide testing for numerous HR218 applicant “walk-ins” throughout the year.
The Risk Management/Medical Liaison Unit was responsible for coordinating health and safety issues for approximately 3,800 employees. During 2011, the unit handled issues with worker’s compensation; all types leave of absences, and worked to ensure a safe work environment. We purchased new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and continued to conduct ergonomic evaluations to reduce upper extremity injuries and better coordinate with our employees who are on long-term military leave.
The Peer Support Unit is designed to provide an avenue for employees to confidentially and privately discuss their personal issues with fellow coworkers who may have had similar work and personal experiences. They also respond to critical incidents to provide support to the impacted employees. Our Peer Support personnel receive special training to improve their skill at providing needed support to their co-workers.
The Payroll Division ensured the accurate and appropriate compensation for approximately 3,800 employees. They handled issues with regular pay, overtime and holiday pay related to the various grants managed by the department. The Payroll Division is committed to seeking innovative ways to improve production and working relationships with all of those they support.
The Employee Relations Division is responsible for labor negotiations; discipline and grievance administration; compensation administration; and administration of the Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), personnel rules, and employment laws, policies, and procedures. The division handled six Civil Service Commission appeals; five grievances; twenty-five unemployment claims; one internal complaint; and attended more than 20 contract meetings with both SEIU and the DSA on a variety of issues.