City officials are recommending that the City Council hire two outside consultants to ensure that the Burbank Police Department emerges from officer misconduct investigations on solid footing.
In his report to the Police Commission and City Council, which are scheduled to hold a joint meeting today, City Manager Mike Flad recommends hiring consultants Mike Gennaco and Robert Corbin for three years to oversee the implementation of the department's 2011 Strategic Plan to “ensure [the department's] ongoing efficacy” and review officer conduct cases. The report does not mention the potential costs involved.
In October, Police Chief Scott LaChasse and other top police officials presented the 2011 Strategic Plan, essentially a road map for the department that addresses cultural changes, as well as administrative and operational goals.
Gennaco heads the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review, which provides civilian oversight of the Sheriff's Department. That department has recently come under fire for mistreatment of inmates, an issue Gennaco raised but that reportedly was ignored by Sheriff's officials, some two years ago.