Friday, March 30, 2007 | Thanks for the article on the 25 officers leaving. Sources within the SDPD estimate another 100 will leave this year if we hit impasse again. I recently spoke with a background detective who is responsible for screening new police recruits. He told me the SDPD used to hire “A and B” recruits. He said they are now hiring “C and D” recruits. Our department no longer has detectives in most area task forces and more cuts are about to be made. The SDPD used to lead the region. Now, we are the subject of many jokes. SDPD … when seconds count we are minutes away.