As your Chief, I have a vision to share with this council, and with our community. That vision is to lead this department with the involvement of the ENTIRE COMMUNITY. Without a strong community relationship in this modern era of policing, you will not be successful. Your police department will be led with transparency, accountability and honesty at every rank, both within the Police department, and within our City. "Your Police, our Community."
I intend to foster a culturally competent department which reflects the diversity of this community. I intend to focus on using new recruiting techniques for all the men and women of this community that would like the opportunity to serve. Because of my experience with the association, I have a unique ability and background to understand not only labor, but management at every level. Former Police Chief Steve Pitts and I worked on a nearly daily basis to address every aspect of this department. For the past 10 years, I have responded to nearly every officer-involved critical incident and understand the importance of this experience. Leading 250-300 officers of the RPPA for the past four years was an honor.
Effective immediately, myself or my command staff will regularly attend future Council meetings to give you a short brief of what your department is doing for our council and our community.
This is an exciting time for the City of Reno. This new council and city management have taken great strides to improve the quality of life for our community. Your Reno Police Department will share in that vision to provide the highest level of police services so that our community will feel safe and involved with THEIR police department.
In closing, thank you for placing your confidence in me. I embrace the challenge and responsibility. I understand that I will have my critics, and I only ask they allow me to show just how well I can lead this department. For it is character that should be the most important qualifier, above all. These men and women who put on this blue uniform mean the world to me and are the most professional group of officers anywhere.
Thank you, and God Bless.