Like our community, we are angry, sad, and frustrated with recent police related deaths which cause our community to wonder about Petaluma's policing policies. I want to assure you we follow Former President Barack Obama’s Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing. Read more about our policies and practices.
Our community outreach on this issue can be found here in a document How We Serve - Petaluma Policing Today. We want to be sure we are listening and when the time is right answer your questions and address your concerns about how we deliver police services in the community.
On June 16, 2020 we held a Town Hall Meeting to start the conversation by reporting out on our current state of policies, answer your questions and to share our approach to hearing from everyone in the community. Below is information about the meeting, the questions you asked, and our answers. We also offer a form for you to ask your questions. And we will continue listening. Watch for new ways to interact with us.
We developed a transparency portal with information about our police policies and training, our use of force approach, and other ways get to know us and learn more about how we work.
City Council Workshop - January 21, 2021
The City Council held a workshop to share learnings from City and community outreach work including feedback from the City's diversity consultant and feedback from the community groups that held listening sessions in the summer of 2020.
City Council Discussion - July 6, 2020
The City Council discussed options for launching a community dialogue to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion and our Petaluma police practices. The Community requested that the city delay its work to allow time for the community to lead meetings directly with the community.
Town Hall Meeting - June 16, 2020
We hosted a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6pm to provide a forum for your questions regarding Petaluma Policing and Police Department policies. The Town Hall included our Mayor, our Police Chief, and our City Manager.
Community Questions & Responses
We received over 300 questions through the online form and during the Town Hall meeting. Below is a document with all of the questions and answers. We've also posted for overarching statements pertaining to the most commonly asked questions.
- Read the Community Questions & City Responses
- Chief Savano Statement Regarding Patrol Rifles
- Chief Savano Statement Regarding the Armored Rescue Vehicle
- Chief Savano Statement Regarding Body Worn Cameras
- Chief Savano Statement Regarding Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
If you have a question please submit below.