What if your son came home from school and said that his iPhone had been stolen? How would you handle it?
If you are the Berkeley police chief, you could send an entire squad of police to investigate.
Michael Meehan reportedly send ten officers, including four detectives from the drug task force, onto the streets to knock on doors and track down the device.
Meehan’s unreported iPhone investigation, for which four officers earned overtime pay, took an estimated 90 minutes.
The phone was never found.
Chief Meehan is currently at the center of an independent investigation into his decision to send an officer to the home of a reporter in the early hours of March 9 with a request to correct a story. That review will cost the city up to $25,000.
In addition, Berkeley is spending $24,000 on an audit of the police department’s media relations policies.