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Vallejo PD Clarifies Inaccurate Reporting on Department Staffing
Posted on 02/09/2021
We are aware of several news agencies that have reported on specific statements that were allegedly made on behalf of the Vallejo Police Department (VPD). We are deeply disturbed by the inaccurate reporting. As a result, the misinformation is confusing community members about our efforts when it comes to addressing staffing concerns at VPD. Please allow us to set the record straight.
 
People leave agencies for a variety of reasons. Further, the Vallejo Police Department is currently under a major reform based on the recommendations in an audit conducted by the OIR group in early 2020. As part of that endeavor, VPD has expanded our recruitment efforts by hiring two extra help recruiters at the beginning of 2020 to attract a diverse group of peace officers with unique backgrounds and skills. In addition to the six new officers we welcomed last fall, we have also hired two additional officers who started on February 8th. Our number one priority is to be the best department we can be for our community and our Chief and City Leadership are fully committed to that promise.
 
As it pertains to the purported elimination of services, our Traffic and Community Service Divisions have not been shut down or eliminated. Regarding vacancies in the Investigations Division, it is our priority to fill these positions as we have personnel available. Through Operation PEACE, officers have been redeployed to reduce and eliminate violent crimes. We have also redeployed police assistants in taking lower priority calls for service and reports to assist officers. Officers have also been assigned to solo beats, yielding greater visibility and more officers in patrol cars in our neighborhoods. As always, it is our number one priority to have officers readily available to respond to emergency calls for service. 
 
In June 2020, the VPD Chief of Police Shawny Williams presented a model of exceptional service to our community, a model our Department is working actively to implement every day. What we want our community to know is that change takes time and a commitment by our council, community, peace officers, and collaborative partners in recruiting and retaining police candidates is paramount and a shared responsibility.

We hope our media partners will contact the Public Information Officers from the Department and City to obtain the official facts and ensure accurate reporting in the future. We always strive to communicate with our community members and all our media partners. This is part of the trust and legitimacy we are actively working to build upon and maintain.
 
For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer, Brittany K. Jackson by email at [email protected] or by phone at (707) 651-7147.