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LAPD Offer: No Thanks

July 29, 2001

Re "LAPD Tries to Lure Its Retirees Back to Work," July 24: I retired from the LAPD last March after 24 years of service. I left because I was angered at what my department had become and felt I had no options. The LAPD's problem in retention, and to a lesser degree in recruitment, stems not from a lack of quality people but from an adversarial management philosophy, draconian punishment and bosses who know little about effective management and nothing about leadership. They are, once again, attempting to apply Band-Aid treatment to a critically ill patient. I appreciate the exciting career that the LAPD provided me. As for Chief Bernard Parks' offer: No thanks. I'll remain in the private sector.

Ken Kessner

Alta Loma

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