CHIEF PETERSEN ON LISTENING AND THE FREMONT PD
It’s important to recognize that the outpouring of anger and emotion in America from the horrific killing of George Floyd goes beyond this single incident. The history of mistrust between law enforcement and some portions of local communities, particularly communities of color, has the public demanding change and reform.
In spite of national turmoil, you’re here exploring a potential career with the Fremont Police Department. Simply seeking out our site says something about you and your interest in helping others.
Let me share a few more details on what’s going on within the Fremont PD for context.
We held a virtual Town Hall last year along with a series of focused workshops and an online survey that served as the first steps in an ongoing dialogue with our community. It was difficult to hear some of the feedback. Yet this feedback is critical to rethinking policing and serving the community to the best of our abilities.
Specifically, we are taking a deeper look at what new City services could provide resources to calls such as mental health, homeless activities and other quality of life issues that don’t necessarily require a police officer to respond. I am very supportive of these efforts to reduce our involvement and believe they will greatly benefit our community.
I feel fortunate to be part of a department that does have a culture of accountability and proud of our employees’ dedication and professionalism. I also appreciate that unlike some parts of America, we’ve earned the trust of the Fremont community through progressive actions that go back to before I joined the Department in 1996.
Still, we can do better. We must do better, and we are committed to listening to our community.
Which brings me back to being open to how we’re responding to input.
For example, you can see how the Fremont PD aligns with the #8CantWait initiative.
You can also explore a comprehensive report put together by a third-party consulting firm that details major findings from the community workshops, recommendations, and actions FPD has already taken.
We intend to advance what it means to be a police officer who serves the community.
Joining our department is your opportunity to be part of the solution.
Chief of Police, City of Fremont