Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) in a letter to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder applauded their appointment of East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis to head the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program this week. Davis was sworn in on Tuesday.
Speier stated: "Chief Davis is highly regarded, both locally in my district and nationally, for his smart and creative approaches to policing. He has made a big difference in East Palo Alto and will be a real asset to the COPS program. His knowledge of our region and its issues will be a great benefit for the local community.
"I supported his appointment from the beginning and applaud President Obama and Attorney General Holder for filling this important position with such a qualified law enforcement official. Davis has already shown a commitment to building ties to the children, youth and families in the communities where he has worked. Davis will encourage greater use of evidence-based strategies and interagency coordination to reduce crime. California's loss will be the nation's gain," Speier added.
Davis led the East Palo Alto Police Department in Speier's district for eight years in a city once considered the "murder capital" of the United States. During his tenure, the homicide rate dropped by more than 50 percent and overall crime dropped by 20 percent.
Nineteen California House members supported the Davis appointment in the letter Speier sent to Obama and Holder including Congressman Eric Swalwell, (D-Dublin).
Swalwell stated: "I wish to congratulate Police Chief Ron Davis on his appointment to head the Department of Justice COPS office. Chief Davis, a resident of Hayward in my congressional district, is a superb choice for this position. His experience leading the East Palo Alto Police Department and proven leadership abilities will serve him well in this important law enforcement role, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity."
The California Endowment, a private statewide health foundation, also endorsed the appointment.
"Chief Davis will be a leader in the all-important area of racial justice. We all know the disproportionate impact criminal justice policies often have on our brothers and sisters of color. With Chief Davis' commitment to racial justice, I am optimistic that our nation can make strides to ensure that health and safety happen for all of us," said the foundation's Barbara Raymond.
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