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Vallejo Police Chief Issues Statement Regarding Alleged VPOA Email to News Reporter
Posted on 12/08/2020
The Vallejo Police Department (VPD) has been made aware of an email correspondence that was alleged to have been sent by the Vallejo Police Officers' Association (VPOA) to a local news reporter. The following is a response from Vallejo Chief of Police Shawny Williams regarding media inquiries related to the matter:

I am deeply disturbed by the statement purported to have been made by the VPOA to Mr. Taylor. We do not condone any form of disrespect, discourteous behavior or act of intimidation toward our media partners. The cornerstone of building positive relationships is respect, and this is the standard we must uphold as an organization.

We intend to investigate this matter to the fullest extent allowed by law. If a violation of City or Department policy is found, appropriate corrective action will be taken.  The Vallejo Police Officers Association is a labor group and a separate entity from the Vallejo Police Department. Their views do not represent those of the Vallejo Police Department. 

Journalism is a noble profession that is the cornerstone of a democracy – the only business entity given protections by the U.S. Constitution. When journalists are attacked, so is our Constitution. Since my arrival more than a year ago, the Vallejo Police Department has worked to strengthen our relationship with our news partners by being transparent with information, accessible, and responsive. I will continue the work of maintaining open lines of communications with our media partners. 

We deeply regret Mr. Taylor’s unfortunate experience.  We take this matter very seriously and want our community to know that we will continually strive to be a positive reflection of growth and change in the City of Vallejo.

For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer, Brittany K. Jackson by email at VallejoPolicePIO@cityofvallejo.net. or by phone at (707) 651-7147.