Chief Landy Black’s first inclination was to let the past be the past in response to comments by Former Davis Police Chief and current Antioch Police Jim Hyde in the magazine 110°.
Chief Black strongly defended his department and the people that work under him from these false characterizations:
“The people Chief Hyde demeaned through the article’s mischaracterizations are, for the most part, the same people whom I work with now. As a group, they are hard working, honorable professionals. In the two plus years that I have been with the Davis PD I have been made proud by their enthusiasm and integrity. Not only their enthusiasm to simply perform the demanding job of policing in the 21st century, but enthusiasm about continuously seeking ways to improve themselves, the department, and this community. Reno 911 characters–not a chance.
Any Chief would be proud to work with the members of the Davis PD. When the Davis PD claims success and garners the community accolades that I’ve seen, it is due to the efforts of these fine people whom, for some inexplicable reason, Chief Hyde holds in disdain. I’m disappointed and at a loss to understand why Chief Hyde would characterize and embarrass his former comrades, or allow it to happen in his name.”
The author of the article has refused to return calls and emails from the Vanguard. However, he did have one of his associates request that a photo of Chief Hyde appearing in the magazine be removed from the Vanguard which we complied with.
The photo which appears with Chief Hyde drawing his weapon is rather telling as is the lead caption that reads:
“A man of integrity and vision is at the helm of the Antioch Police Department. Jim Hyde has the required experience and training – plus, he has the cheerful confidence that instills confidence, together with an attitude of service and sacrifice.”
One has to wonder how a man of integrity would denigrate the individuals who served him as Chief in the city of Davis.
—David M. Greenwald reporting