Berkeley chief used police to look for son's phone (SFGate)
Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, already under fire for sending an officer to a reporter's house after midnight, ordered police - some on overtime - to look for his teenage son's stolen cell phone in Oakland, authorities said Monday.
[A]t its height [the search] involved as many as 10 officers. Kusmiss said four detectives were paid overtime for two hours each.
Got that? Eight hours of overtime pay for Berkeley detectives to look for a stolen iPhone.
I went and looked at the Berkeley PD site, which lists "lateral officers" (that'd be officers who are already certified LEOs) at a pay rate of $7300 to $9100 per month. If we assume that a detective makes 20% more, that'd be $10,900/mo, or $68/hr (four 40-hour weeks). Time and a half nudges that just over a hundred bucks an hour.
Of taxpayer money.
To look for a $400 phone.
Yes, I get the "phone can be tracked", and that stomping on one relatively minor property crime can prevent/resolve many more issues. But that's the kind of thing that should be handled as routine by ONE patrol officer, not, "[The] property crimes sergeant, who deployed his team and drug task force officers to look for the missing phone."
Tar. Feather. Rail. Assemble.