Oakland police officers distrust their commanders and feel unappreciated by city leaders, department brass and citizens, according to a survey conducted last year.

Nearly two-thirds of the roughly 500 officers surveyed said that commanders didn't treat employees fairly. A smaller majority of officers responded that "hard work and good work performance" do not help people get ahead in the department.

Police officials said in a statement Friday that they will use the survey to guide ongoing reforms. They also said they regretted not releasing the survey results to officers before providing it to the East Bay Express, an alternative weekly newspaper, through a public records request.

Police union President Barry Donelan said the failure to first present the results to the rank-and-file reinforced their concern about department brass.

"They have grave misgivings about the leadership of the city and the leadership of the Police Department," he said. "And if you ask a citizen of Oakland, they'd probably have the same misgivings."

Numerous comments from unnamed officers spoke to concerns about being overworked and facing harsh punishment for mistakes.

"I'm am so afraid of getting in trouble that I hesitate and get confused as well as completely stressed trying to make decisions quickly," one officer said. "Discipline is supposed to be used as a correctional tool, not punishment."

Another officer gave this advice to department brass: "Trust us. Stop treating us like we are the criminals."

While the comments were generally critical, there were some bright spots. A large majority of officers said they had received adequate training and had adequate opportunity for advancement.

For survey results, go to oaklandwiki.org/Oakland_Police_Survey_of_Sworn_officers.

Hayward wins award for energy savings

Hayward was recognized Tuesday for reducing its energy use and greenhouse emissions.

The city has upgraded several of its facilities, saving 3 million kilowatt hours annually and reducing CO2 emissions by 1.6 million pounds. That translates to saving enough electricity annually to power 430 homes.

The improvements include installing more efficient lighting in several buildings and city parking garages; solar panels; converting streetlights to LED; and using biogas at the water pollution control facility to create electricity and heat for wastewater treatment.

In recognition of those efforts, a gold level Beacon Award was presented at Tuesday's City Council meeting by Andrea Schumer of Pacific Gas & Electric, who has been working with the city on the upgrades. Hayward has cut its energy use by 10 percent and received $700,000 in incentives from PG&E since 2005.

The Beacon Award is given to cities and counties that significantly reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions. It is awarded by the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, which includes four of California's energy companies and some nonprofit agencies.