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City of Tracy Police Chief Community Feedback Summary

Results as of 08/10/19
 Police Chief Community Feedback Summary
Community Meetings (June 14th & 15th, 2019) &
Electronic Survey Responses
*The following information is summary of data collected based on the responses to open-ended questions on the City of Tracy’s Police Chief Recruitment Process survey. These responses are ranked in order based upon the number of responses received, with the highest number listed first.
What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important for the City of Tracy to look for in selecting a new Police Chief (e.g. Leadership, Honesty, Integrity, Experience, Vision, Respect, etc.)?

Integrity; Honesty

Would like Chief Esquivel to be reinstated

Leadership; Leads by example; Builds morale; Inspiring

Experienced; Credible reputation as law enforcement professional

Respectful; Respected by his/her people; Serve as a role model

Visionary; Think “outside the triangle”; Fresh perspective

Community driven; Community centric; Build a bridge with the community

Appreciates diversity; Bilingual/Bicultural

Committed to equitable enforcement of laws

Leads initiative to connect officers to community

Accessible; Approachable

Transparent; Good negotiator; Explains reasons for decisions

Active listener; Open-minded

Politically astute

Compassionate; Sensitivity trained

Stability; Not here for retirement/stepping stone

Responsible; Accountability

Familiarity with Tracy; Tracy Resident

Strong communication skills

Responsive to all elements of the community

Thick skin; Not afraid to voice opinion

Represents all interests/viewpoints

Present/Visible; Engage with employees and community


Personable; Strong interpersonal skills; Works well with others

Trained in unconscious bias

Experience serving in a growing community

Advocates for community partnerships


Internal talent; Current Interim Chief

Experienced in dealing with homelessness

Ability to understand where people are coming from; Inclusive; Relatable


Tech savvy



Knowledge of local, state and federal laws

Participates in CPAB – Monthly walks w/ community


Experience with Animal Services

Understands challenges of discrimination

Understands mental health and special needs

California experience preferred

Experience with smaller police departments




Available on weekends

Strong; Reliable


External candidate


What top 3 priorities would you like the new Police Chief to address during their first year on the job? (e.g. Crime Reduction, Effective Communication, Community Engagement, Homelessness, Morale, Patrol, Staffing, Gun/Drug Enforcement, etc.)?


Crime and theft reduction/enforcement

Community engagement


Increase patrol/staff in the community

Increase youth/school outreach and interaction

Traffic enforcement

Drugs/addiction problems; Opiate challenges; Mental health issues


Clear/consistent communication

Increase morale

Safety of school children

Committed to equitable enforcement of laws

Bring people and services together

Friendliness of Officers

Does not follow political whims

Officer accountability

Plan for department improvement

Illegal fireworks

Instill sense of safety

Animal Services

Informative public meetings

Create transparency

Downtown improvement

Mailbox break-ins

Public health and safety

Understands shifting demographics of the community

Enhance quality of life

Increase surveillance; Traffic cameras in residential areas

Protect 2nd Amendment rights; Issue more CCW's

Parking problems

Deal with contentions, issues and situations


More diversity in the department staff


Provide de-escalation training

Address littering

Improve code enforcement

Speed up hiring process

Training policies

Reduce response times to calls

Succession planning opportunities for current employees


Cannabis compliance

Increase patrol at Tracy Airport

Improve labor relations with employee unions

Implement training to recognize disabled persons



What would you like potential candidates to know about our community that may not be apparent when researching or visiting the city?


We are going through some difficult times; Embarrassed by Grand Jury Report

Growing city challenges; Traffic, crime, lack of resources

Proud community; Celebrates diversity; Rich in culture

Thoughtful and giving community

Close-knit community that is united in issues that matter

Many residents commute; Reputation as a bedroom community

Very politically motivated community

Feels like a small city, but we’re growing

The City has a strong City Manager

Family-oriented community

Community will back new Chief; Rooting for this person to succeed

Old Tracy vs. New Tracy; Building on our traditions

Limited activities for youth community

Tracy is a clean and safe city

The heart of Tracy is agricultural

Tracy is no longer a "small town"

Active home school community

Prop 47/57 is impacting our community

Imbalance in salary with increasing housing prices

Low crime rate

Active LGBT community

Affordable housing challenges

Involved with our military members

Varied perceptions with diverse populations



Additional feedback for the City Manager to consider regarding an ideal Police Chief candidate for the City of Tracy.


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Chief Esquivel was the ideal Police Chief and his reinstatement is desirable

Cares about the city, not politically motivated

Committed to equitable enforcement of laws

Address drug dealing/manufacturing; Growing homelessness and theft

Tracy resident; Invested in the community

Strong law enforcement experience

Someone visible & open to interaction with citizens

Hold employees/Officers accountable

Desire external Police Chief candidate

Experience in working in communities similar to Tracy

Instability with current City Council

Believes in improving the city

Hire from within the department

Consider history/background; Look for past unethical, unlawful incidents

Current staffing levels & department morale are not ideal

Need someone with experience in a bigger city

Long-term commitment

Concerned that Council will deter good candidates

Need someone with a strong track record

Let the Chief do their job

Need someone with sound ideas and effective solutions

Plan activities that engage the community

Build trust in community

Citizens should vote to select City officials

Ethics is needed in Tracy leadership

Consider hiring a woman if she is qualified

Don’t let homelessness situation be a deterrent

Increase police staff involvement with schools

Additional supervision in and around parks

Police Chief needs to have passion and care for the Animal Shelter

Improve transparency