Is L.A. Police Union Director’s Personal Favor from Assistant Chief New Department Policy?

We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).

It’s been a rough past couple of week for the Los Angeles Police Department’s union.

On September 24, uniformed officers received a “non-food item” in their order at a Farmer Boys restaurant prompting the union to put out a rare weekend alert telling officers to not eat there while they investigate. Yuck.

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Most recently union president Craig Lally fired off a tersely worded letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti regarding police commission appointee Cynthia McClain-Hill. It seems that McClain-Hill may be too sympathetic to what the union refers to as “disruptive activists” and “public agitators” aka Black Lives Matters Los Angeles and their friends.

But as bad as all of that sounds, I’m happy to be able to report that it looks like things might be looking up for the union that represents 9,900 rank-and-file sworn members of the LAPD—and it’s thanks in part to one its most outspoken directors.

While it hasn’t been officially announced as a new policy, it looks like the LAPD has begun to take steps to make it that much easier for Reserve Officers under the age of 21 to carry a firearm. Yes, it’s true—but there’s a catch. It appears that for now, you have to know someone who is willing to circumvent existing Department policy to make it happen.

Currently, LAPD Reserve Officers receive the same training as full-time officers. While you can apply to be a Reserve Officer at the age of 18, you must be 21 to carry a gun. Level III Reserved Officers are uniformed officers who are qualified to carry a firearm and are at least 21 years of age. That is until now.

file:///C:/Users/30374/AppData/Local/Temp/XPgrpwise/57A36775LAPLos Angeles Police Protective League Director Jamie McBride has been hard at work to get the Department to change the minimum age for a Reserve Officer to be able to carry a gun.

Thanks to a little behind the scenes work on McBride’s part, it seems that his daughter and two other Reserve Officer recruits–all 19-year-olds–have been allowed to undergo firearms training—even though it’s against Department policy.

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While McBride is normally known for representing the rank-and-file and going toe-to-toe with command staff over their many shenanigans, when it came to getting a few strings pulled for his underage daughter and firearms training, he put in a call to Assistant Chief Bea Girmala who gave the green light. Yes, you read that right, McBride called in a favor to benefit from command staff’s shenanigans.  I know, I know.

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Who needs Department policy when it’s all about who you know? Policy schmolicy.

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We’re still awaiting a date for when this new policy is available to the children, friends and relatives of the nearly 9,900 officers the union represents.  For now it appears to require the green light from Chief–scratch that–Assistant Chief Girmala.  Officers who have prospective candidates should reach out to McBride for assistance in getting Girmala’s okay.

No word yet on how this new policy will boost affect the Department’s recruiting efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

The Court of Public Opinion

  • 3Beeps

    Girmala will do whatever it takes to get appointed Chief.

  • bluethru1994

    Oh boy, you are really digging deep to make this a big deal. Good for the 19-year olds for wanting to be future police officers and wanting to improve their overall knowledge and skills so that when they get to be 21-years old, they can be ready and more prepared to serve their community. Hmmmm, maybe the 19-year olds should be out protesting, burning and looting. No, I think they want to be police officers and if there is room, what is the big deal letting them take the training.

    Yes, the police commissioner (whats her name) is attempting to destroy the LAPD. She will not succeed. There are too many great officers and great citizens that see through all the black lives matter bull and they will eventually fall by the wayside. After she cost’s the City millions and millions of dollars for labeling good shootings as bad, the mayor will either tell her to stop or simply fire her.

  • HYPOCRISY101

    So it’s okay for McBride’s daughter because he is hailed as some “anti-hero” by some patrol coppers? Come on. When the COP did something similar in regards to a horse, you guys were all over him (and rightfully so). Detective McBride is no better and should also be held to the same standard. He’s quick to point the finger at Command Staff yet back pedals when he gets caught. The hypocrisy is unreal!!

    And for the record, I agree with you on the police commission but McBride should be held to the same standard and should not be given a pass.

  • Truth Teller

    McBride is full of shit, something most of us already knew. The fact that he’s going around trying to deny he called in this favor proves just how much he’s full of shit. I’m no fan of Girmala’s but I doubt she lied when she sent that email off. She probably thought it’d never see the light of day outside of the dept. Fuck McBride and anyone else trying to take up for that pos.

  • Not Scared

    They’re just scared of McBride. He rules by fear and intimidation.

  • THE XTH DIRECTOR

    He thinks he does. The fact of the matter is the only reason why he even ran for director was to put him in a position to enact his revenge against the COP. Last year, he heavily campaigned for his friend Robert Harris who did win his election (still don’t understand how that happened) but did so when he was supposed to be doing league work which he hardly ever does. Some insiders even told me that he never conducts grievances or meet and confers. He has one year left on his term, and let me ask: What has he done for the membership? I can’t think of anything. I hope he never becomes president of this union.

  • HYPOCRISY101

    I do think it’s great that these 19 years olds want to become police officers but the rules are still the rules. You can’t bend the rules for anyone even for your “anti-heros.”

  • Truth Teller

    J check your email re McBride. He’s full of shenanigans and a lot of us know about them. He knows it and we know it. How this pos because a League director is still beyond me. The membership deserves way better leadership.

  • 3Beeps

    Sounds like an Earl Paysinger Alumni!

  • Disqusted

    “Level III Reserved Officers are uniformed officers who are qualified to carry a firearm and are at least 21 years of age. That is until now.” That is not true at all. Level III ofcrs can be unarmed at the age of 18. Also, I don’t get it. Don’t ALL of those leaked emails say that the kids CANT carry a gun and CANT take the gun home? What’s the big deal here?

  • asd68423

    i agree. why is no one calling out the freaking fire arms ofcr who leaked the email? i think stan wong teaches the reserves and everyone knows that he fucking hates reserves and life. he’s probably the one who leaked the email.

  • I think the issue for people is that 1) he’s denying he called Girmala to get this done and 2) he called Girmala to get this done. I also don’t think people like his personal favor as a union director not being used for the troops but to serve himself.

  • Lol, that’s not my source but I’m glad that’s what you think. I’m sure my source is too 😆

  • Junkyard Dog

    Jasmyne, did McBride deny this..and to who? Did you call him for a statement or merely rely on emails? He doesn’t seem to shy away from talking. And it seems that someone is upset about losing to Robert Harris and has his own agenda. Perhaps Adolph Rodriguez should have shown this type of interest when he was a director.

  • 1) McBride knows how to find me if he has anything to say. 2) I trust my sources as they trust me, so when they say he’s denying it AND I hear it from multiple people, yeah I believe it. If he’s not denying it, he’s more than welcome to email over a statement or pick up the phone and give me a call. Though honestly I don’t know which is worse, the denial or admitting that yes, he called in a personal favor to Girmala.

  • Concerned

    The burden of proof is on you as a reporter, not on McBride to stumble across this and defend himself.

  • Junkyard Dog

    The standards for journalism require corroboration, which I guess don’t apply to a blogger. It is doubtful he would know who you are which is why it would be more balanced for you to get his statement. I’m sure he is easy to find.

  • I’ll refer you to the FAQs or this website, specifically “For the record, this is Jasmyne’s personal website. While Jasmyne is known for breaking news and exclusive stories, this is not a news website– there are already plenty of those out there. This site reflects Jasmyne’s personal and sometimes professional opinions on life, love, dating, politics, race, and her taste in and love for music. Basically, the stuff she cares to write about.”

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  • I’ll refer you to the FAQs or this website, specifically “For the record, this is Jasmyne’s personal website. While Jasmyne is known for breaking news and exclusive stories, this is not a news website– there are already plenty of those out there. This site reflects Jasmyne’s personal and sometimes professional opinions on life, love, dating, politics, race, and her taste in and love for music. Basically, the stuff she cares to write about.”

    This is a blog, I have no obligation to do anything.

    http://www.jasmyneacannick.com/blog/faqs/

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  • NinaG

    Rest assured that ANYTHING Girmala is involved in is dirty. She is an insecure, vindictive despot who is not happy unless someone’s (aside from Sgt McDonald) lips are firmly attached to her ass….

  • NinaG

    Absolutely…. She is the LAPD’s own version of Killary!

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