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San Diego Police Chief Search Wraps Up Community Forums

Community members participate in a public forum on the city of San Diego's se...

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Above: Community members participate in a public forum on the city of San Diego's search for a new police chief, Oct. 4, 2017.

San Diego Police Chief Search Wraps Up Community Forums


Danell Scarborough, facilitator, San Diego police chief community forums


When Shelley Zimmerman was selected as San Diego's police chief in 2014, the process was quick and uncomplicated. But her promotion from assistant chief to chief was a little too quick for some, who had pushed for a more in-depth search for a new top cop.

With Zimmerman retiring in March, San Diego is undertaking that more thorough search. The city is looking nationwide for her replacement and hosted a series of six community forums across the city to find out what San Diegans want to see in a new chief. The last of those forums wrapped up Tuesday night in San Ysidro.

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At each forum, participants are asked for the top issues the next chief should address and what qualities they should possess. City officials are expected to announce their final pick in January.

Facilitator Danell Scarborough, former executive director of San Diego's human relations commission, said people's priorities have been pretty consistent: a focus on community policing, better recruitment and retention, and a focus on reducing bias and profiling.

San Diegans can also submit their feedback to the city online through Friday.

Scarborough joined KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday with more on what she's heard from the community forums.


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