SDPD Chief Lansdowne to retire

SDPD Chief Lansdowne to retire

fox5sandiego.com

SAN DIEGO – San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne has announced Tuesday he is retiring from the department amid various misconduct investigations involving several officers in his department, a police lieutenant said.

Lansdowne, who has been the city of San Diego’s top law enforcement officers since the summer of 2003, will officially retire Monday, March 3, 2014.

On Friday, Mayor Elect Kevin Faulconer met with the chief to discuss the direction of the department in the wake of accusations of on-duty sexual improprieties on the part of several sworn officers.

Though Faulconer did not ask him to resign, Lansdowne “felt it was time to do so,” SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

“The chief absolutely supports the new mayor and believes in his vision and direction for the city,” Mayer said. “This was a difficult decision for Chief Lansdowne to make, as he considers San Diego his home and truly…

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