Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer will be honored at an Aug. 27 gala celebrating his 15th anniversary as chief.
The event, which will also honor the work of the police chaplaincy, will be at the Fresno Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall.
The event occurs as the department deals with criticism over the officer-involved shootings, including the one of Dylan Noble in June. He was a 19-year-old motorist who disregarded officers’ commands to put his hands up, instead reaching into his waistband. Two officers fired at Noble, fearing he may have had a weapon. He was killed, then discovered to have been unarmed. The shooting is being investigated by the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI and internal affairs.
Dyer’s former second in command, deputy Chief Keith Foster, awaits trial for alleged drug trafficking. He was arrested last year and subsequently resigned from the force.
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Speakers include Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and Fresno Police Officers’ Association President Jacky Parks.
Tickets are available at fpdinvite.com and include dinner, entertainment by Dream World Cirque, a live auction and dancing. All proceeds go toward the Fresno Police Chaplaincy program Project STEALTH (Stop Teen Exploitation and Liberate Through Hope).