City Releases Results of Community Input for Police Chief Search

Aug 02, 2019 No Comments by

FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno today released the collective responses from community meetings and online surveys conducted by the Administration to gather public input in the search for a new police chief. The responses were collated and catalogued and are now available along with the complete videos of the five community meetings on the City’s website at www.fresno.gov/newchief.

Nearly 1,400 responses were submitted in the City’s online survey that was available in English, Spanish, and Hmong. The survey went live from mid-April through the end of June and asked a series of questions focusing on the important issues and challenges that our residents would like the new Police Chief to understand and address, as well as the qualities that are the important to look for in the next Police Chief. Hardcopies of the survey were also made available for those without internet access.

The City also held five community meetings, one in each Policing District, that gave citizens the opportunity to voice the important issues they see in their neighborhoods, define community policing in their own words and envision what changes they would like to see in police-community relations. The meetings were hosted by respected community members with experience in moderating public discussion and were televised live by the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) on Comcast, U-verse and YouTube.

Mayor Lee Brand, following through on a promise made to the citizens of Fresno, made community feedback a vital component to the search for a new chief. All comments presented by the community have been turned over to Teri Black & Company, LLC, to help recruit potential candidates from a nationwide search. Meetings with those candidates will be held in mid-August and interview panels will include City officials and members of the community.

The current police chief, Jerry Dyer, officially retires on October 16, 2019.

 

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