Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Costa Mesa Brief Interviews Chief Sharpnack


Costa Mesa Brief released an exclusive, lengthy interview with new Costa Mesa Police Chief Rob Sharpnack on its YouTube Channel.  You can see it HERE.

I've watched this nearly 55 minute interview and think it's worth an hour of your time.  You'll get a good sense of Chief Sharpnack's idea of enforcing laws in our city and his plans for the future.  He gives you a summary of the current challenges facing the CMPD - staffing, impact of recent laws on law enforcement, staff development -  and a clear idea of where he hopes to take the organization from a leadership, staffing, organizational and technological standpoint.


This interview is conducted by Costa Mesa resident Dennis Popp, who was apparently chosen by Costa Mesa Brief for this assignment because he, we are told, has a law enforcement background.  Watching him interview a real cop I got the impression he was trying to pretend he was Walter Cronkite... badly, by the way.  I guess it's good that Popp surfaced for this assignment... some were concerned that he was no longer with us, since he has not posted a single new word on his pathetic blog since April 24th.  You'll have to get past the sanctimonious, pompous pontification of the interviewer.  Just hold your nose, close your eyes and ignore him if you can.  You'll be glad you did.  I used this image of him smiling because all you'll see on the video is the grumpier, normal side of Popp.

Thanks to Barry Friedland of Costa Mesa Brief for, once again, providing this public service.

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Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Yeah, Popp was unimpressive, except to himself. How much of this was edited, BTW? I'm not sure of the purpose of this video interview. What did it hope to accomplish? My impression? Meh....

8/25/2015 03:14:00 PM  
Blogger zennymoon said...

Wouldn't it have been better served to have an address to the residents as a "state if the pd report.". Dennis Popp, good golly miss molly, he called residents who dudnt want yo development Faurview Park, terrorists. Friedman, should get a medical degree the way he but butchers a tape..edit, ediy, edit, like Santa's little elf. Sharpnack, she hace a little concern about who be chooses to associate...

8/26/2015 11:35:00 PM  

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