In light of recent events that have strained police-community relations across our nation, it is my intent with this message to inform Culver City residents, businesses and visitors that the Culver City Police Department is committed to earning a reputation of professionalism, public trust and community-oriented policing.
The Culver City Police Department has a long and proud tradition of service, and its men and women are dedicated to their profession and hold themselves to the highest ethical standards. We have earned the trust and support of our community and city leaders. We do not take that trust and support for granted and understand that it must be earned and renewed on a daily basis.
Every organization must continually evaluate the service it provides and have clear, measurable and attainable goals. Our success is based on five goals that we call, “Measures of Effectiveness.” Those measures include: the rapid response to calls for service, reducing and preventing crime, solving crime, efficient and effective traffic and parking programs and the morale of and health of our organization.
The frame work in which we strive to accomplish our goals is based on being proactive, professional, proud, passionate and working in partnership with the community. Proactive means that we don’t wait for crime to occur; we look to prevent crime before it happens with every tool available to us. The men and women of our organization maintain a level of professionalism worthy of the trust bestowed upon us. We are a very proud organization and that pride extends to the city we serve and the members of all departments within the city. I believe that our profession is a calling, and that calling does not exist without a true passion for the oath we take.
Furthermore, we continue to focus on the following very important areas to solidify and continue to build trust with our community:
DIVERSITY – I firmly believe that the rich cultural and ethnic diversity within our organization helps build relationships, understanding and trust with our citizens in the true spirit of Community Policing. Our diversity is very reflective of the city we serve.
FORMAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING – One of our organizational strengths is in the collective intellectual and forward-thinking personnel that we recruit, hire and promote. We place a high value on formal education as a way to broaden our individual and organizational growth. Consequently, the majority of our staff is colleges educated and continuously attend training that emphasizes treating everyone with dignity and respect.
TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY – We foster a strong culture of self-accountability by our personnel, which is strengthened by the unwavering leadership and oversight of our line-level supervisors and management teams. We have many mechanisms in place for oversight and review of field incidents and contacts, as well as a robust policies and procedures manual that is updated on a regular basis to include best practices in law enforcement.
PARTNERSHIP AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH – Community outreach programs and events are the cornerstone for building and trust with residents, businesses and visitors.
Citizens Police Academy
National Night Out
Coffee with a Cop
Culver City Police Department Open House
Station Tours and Ride-alongs
Special Olympics Torch Relay
Bicycle Patrols • School Resource Officer
Safe Routes to School Program • Charitable Holiday Events
Partnerships with Community Stakeholders and Civic Groups
My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
King Fahad Mosque
Culver City Mental Evaluation Team (CCMET)
Use of Social Media and Public Information Technologies
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a member of the Culver City Police Department. I would like to thank all of the past and present members of this department whose dedication, ability and diligence has formed the reputation that our department enjoys today. I would also like to challenge future members to commit to the values and culture of this great organization. Our chosen profession can be difficult and challenging but I firmly believe that nobody does it better than the members of the Culver City Police Department.
Chief of Police Culver City Police Department