incident at Baha'i center noted in debate over SWAT teams

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committees. The attorney said that such committees acting in police-community relations and to discipline law enforcement officers "do not ease tension; they ascerbate tension." Gray countered that the effectiveness of such committees have been undermined "by the police" and that it is only the sheriff and the police department that do not have oversight by other boards and citizen groups. Gray named local boards, including the planning commission over the planning department as exercising such oversight, with Fincher countering that it is a differennt case with the sheriff,, as he is an elected official. Gray then named the assessment appeals board as an example of an oversight, or appeal board, over an elected official. Fincher complained that no member of the local sheriff's force would be allowed on the committee, with Gray countering, "Can you imagine putting the assessor on the assessment appeals board?" Fincher said that discipline is better handled as an internal function of the department, with Gray saying that such discipline is biased. Gray said the hostage incident at Baha'i retreat in Bonny Doon last August where a man held more than 60 persons hostage proved that hostage negotiators are the solution in such situations, not SWAT teams. Fincher didn't disagree, but held that to pass Measure H would mean that the sheriff could not even train his men for an incident where only SWAT teams could solve the problem. He said that where hostages are taken, a hijacking occurs, or where a disturbed person is threatening to take the lives of members of his family, "trained and disciplined men are necessary." Fincher said that such incidents have not occurred here, as they have in heavily urbanized areas, but "it is not beyond the realm of possibility." Gray said that SWAT teams are not well-disciplined because of their eagerness to put into practice the military methods they learn. He indicated the military aspects in local law enforcement should be discouraged, with Fincher stating that the very nature of law enforcement, to some degree, is military. On growth management, Supervisor Gary Patton, who sponsored Measure J on the June ballot, sparred with Felton attorney Jeff Bosshard, a candidate for

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  1. Santa Cruz Sentinel,
  2. 03 May 1978, Wed,
  3. Page 48

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