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Vallejo Police Chief and United Shades of America Host W. Kamau Bell Discuss Collaborative Reform Efforts in the City of Vallejo
Posted on 05/02/2021

In March 2021, Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams sat down with United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell to engage in a discussion on collaborative reform efforts at the Vallejo Police Department. The virtual discussion is now available on CNN’s website here.

Shawny interviewSince Chief Williams’ appointment in November 2019, the Department has been steadfast in the commitment toward building strong community partnerships, enhancing our professionalism and bringing about positive reforms within the department. We’ve held town hall meetings, partnered with community leaders, and initiated conversations with supporters as well as critics. 

In addition, we’ve taken sizable steps to review and update legacy policies, enter collaborative agreements with the Department of Justice and other federal partners, and build programs and plans centered around crime reduction and community engagement. 

VPD Chief Shawny Williams

We can no longer operate with empty speech that circumvents our growth and limits our ability to uplift or transform. Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for change by creating a culture of accountability, transparency and discipline that drives us all closer together rather than apart. This is the work that our community deserves and this is the work that we are committed to. 


Click photo to see additional clips from Chief Williams' virtual discussion with United States of America Host W. Kamau Bell on collaborative reform efforts in the City of Vallejo.


While we cannot change the past, we are in a unique position to positively impact the future. Change takes time, and we cannot bring about transformational change without the support of our council, community, peace officers, and collaborative partners. We hope you will join us in this effort.

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