The decision by the Police Commission on Wednesday to meet monthly, instead of quarterly, is the kind of response to the reality of their environment that deserves commendation. Now the increased work schedule needs to be put to good use.
All around them there are glaring examples of how their lack of engagement has allowed, or at least contributed to, the lack of public accountability at the Police Department. Certainly, the City Council has failed to pick up the slack.
The department faces a growing discrimination lawsuit filed by rank-and-file officers and mid-level command staff, and there are indications there was a concerted effort to keep the true scale of the problem away from the glare of the City Council, and certainly the public. In fact, no sooner had the commission voted to increase the number of meetings, then yet another Burbank Police officer joined the lawsuit, claiming a culture of sanctioned racial and ethnic discrimination throughout the department.