Filner picks up endorsements

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Promising to strengthen the San Diego Police
Department if elected mayor, Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, announced his
endorsement Tuesday by enforcement groups and state Attorney General Kamala
Harris.

Speaking at San Diego police headquarters, Filner said he was “truly
humbled” by the support shown to him by the San Diego Police Officers
Association, Deputy Sheriffs Association and Police Officers Research
Association of California. He is running in the Nov. 6 general election against
City Councilman Carl DeMaio.

The congressman said the SDPD was at “dangerously low staffing levels”
after years of budgetary belt-tightening.

“We're talking about cross-your-fingers policing,” Filner said,
pointing at this year's rise in San Diego's typically low crime rate and the
years-long problem of the SDPD losing experienced officers to other agencies
that pay better.

Filner said he would try to stop the trends, by restoring community
policing and proactive law enforcement. He said he helped implement those
strategies as a City Council member more than two decades ago.

SDPOA Vice President Jeff Jordon said public safety was a main priority
for Filner when he was a councilman and, before that, a school board member.

“Bob Filner, for 50 years, has been going out and fighting for members
of this community,” Jordon said.

He said crime and response times are going up because SDPD staffing has
been “cut to the bone.”

In response to the endorsements, DeMaio said he has the “utmost respect
for the men and woman who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. I look
forward to working with them in a constructive manner to invest in public
safety.”

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