The number of officer-involved shootings is down. The number of use-of-force complaints against the Fresno Police Department is down. My hopes are high these trends will continue, and this is possible if the department remains committed to a new style of policing and engaging with the community.
As an adult leader of Fresno’s Boys and Men of Color — a group of young men working together and advocating for changes in their communities that will improve their lives and the lives of their peers — I am encouraged by Chief Jerry Dyer’s vow to incorporate more community policing, which is less threatening, more beneficial to all and helps form a real connection with residents.
But while these numbers signal hope, they can be much better. We should always strive for perfection when it comes to public safety. I, along with the other adult allies and the young men who are part of Fresno Boys and Men of Color, look forward to continuing our work with the Fresno Police Department to create one healthy — and safer — Fresno for all.