Virtual Meeting with the Police Chief
The speaker for our January 19, 2022 meeting was police Chief Jason Lando. When he became Chief he said he was doing a lot of listening before considering any changes. “One of the biggest challenges is getting to know a whole entire police department that's wearing masks,” he said. Lando said he spent much of his first two weeks behind a desk out of necessity, then started gradually meeting members of the community. He believes one of the biggest challenges facing law enforcement is ensuring police work collaboratively with the community. Too often, he’s found, police are policing a neighborhood the way they think it should be policed, without getting local input. It’s important to recognize, Lando said, that criminalizing issues like addiction, mental health struggles and homelessness do not make them go away. “That’s not something we can arrest our way out of,” he said. “We have the backing of the community on whatever policies we roll out. There were many questions from the virtual audience.