CHIEF PETERSEN ON LISTENING AND THE FREMONT PD

 

I share the country’s anger from the horrific killing of George Floyd.

I also think it’s important to recognize that the outpouring of anger and emotion from America 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 the national turmoil, you’re here exploring a potential career with the Fremont Police Department. Simply seeking out our site at this point in time 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 in June as the first step 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.

In addition, following the June Town Hall we’re conducting a series of workshops with representatives from the varied groups that make up Fremont. They will engage in a dialogue about race, policing, and the role of police when tasked with investigating non-violent crimes. From this feedback, we’ll share the results at a second Town Hall meeting where the general community can offer input. At this time, we’ll start to assess and prioritize the recommendations.

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.

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Best,

Kimberly Petersen
Chief of Police, City of Fremont