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Petaluma Policing Community Conversations

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 “We Did Not Wait – Where We Have Stood Since 2015”. 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.

Transparency Portal

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.

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.

The Video includes the question and answer portion of the meeting.  We are working to upload the introduction portion of the meeting and will post it as soon as we can.

Community Questions & Responses

We received over 300 questions through the online form and during the Town Hall meeting.  We will be working quickly to answer these questions.  As we prepare answers, we will post them here.

Council Discussion

Next week, we will be discussing more ways to connect with our community and discuss our policing practices. The discussion will happen during the City Council meeting on July 6, 2020. Check out the meeting agenda (will be ready soon) to learn how to attend or to review the staff report.

Your Questions

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Police Chief Ken Savano
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