Chief Rob Handy Has Got To Go
Our Huntington Beach community reflects the best of what California has to offer; beautiful beaches, good surfing, excellent schools, vibrant business community, great weather, strong sense of community and more. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that Huntington Beach was named the ”Best City to Live in Orange County” by Orange County Register readers. Unfortunately all of that is at stake due to the spike in crime, drug use, violence against police, and homelessness our community has seen in the last few years. What has changed? This slide began a few years back when the City Council hired Chief Rob Handy to head up the HBPD. Chief Handy cares more about his public image than providing officers the tools and resources we need to do our jobs and keep our community safe.
- Huntington Beach is slipping down the wrong path with increasing, crime, homelessness, illicit drug use, and violent attacks on our police officers.
-Seven Officer Involved Shootings this year
-Rapes UP 20%
-Robbery UP 17%
-Aggravated assaults UP 18%
-Violent Crime UP almost 18%
-ID Theft UP 20%
-Auto Theft UP 13%
-Burglary UP 6%
- The police department needs to be City Hall’s #1 priority with the resources and police leadership necessary to meet these challenges.
-1988 police staffing levels in 2017
-Police headquarters in disrepair
-No police training facility
-Police Chief and City Hall refuse to follow their own consultant’s recommendations.
-Out-of-date technology infrastructure
- Chief Handy’s poor management has resulted in a serious recruitment, retention and morale problem
-Experienced personnel are leaving – 19 alone in 2016
-HBPD is no longer a destination agency that attracts outside officers
- Chief Handy is using body cameras, internal affairs investigations and contract negotiations as a smoke screen to cover his failures as a leader.
- This community deserves a police leader who is transparent, responsive to community needs, and values the men and women putting their lives on the line everyday. Chief Handy has failed miserably in this regard.
- Chief Handy did not visit an officer in the hospital after being attacked and does not visit an officer at the hospital after losing family in horrible traffic accident
- No effort by Chief Handy to move on department needs spelled out in the Matrix report, which ranked the Huntington Beach Police Department one of the worst in their last 200 agencies assessed. “I didn’t like that report,” said the chief.
- Most importantly, Chief Handy has lost the confidence of our rank and file officers. In fact, a staggering 92% of HBPD officers returned a vote of “No Confidence” in Chief Handy’s ability to continue to lead this organization.
- Our goal is to bring in a new chief who will focus on public safety, selfless service, and provide solid leadership to our police department.