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City of Tracy Police Chief Community Feedback Summary

Results as of September 12, 2019
 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. 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
Problem solver; Intuitive
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
Officer accountability
Does not follow political whims
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.
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
Citizens should participate/vote in selection of City officials
Build trust in community
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
Be patient; Willing to wait for the right candidate
Publicize the reason the previous Police Chief was let go
Allow police personnel to engage in selection process
Focus on improving code enforcement and the conditions of our City
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