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Important Message from ESPD Chief Whalen

Post Date:05/31/2020 10:27 AM

chief**5/31 Update - The El Segundo Police Department is aware of planned peaceful gatherings to take place in El Segundo and elsewhere in the South Bay. ESPD supports the right of individuals to gather peacefully. Since there have been instances of violence and property damage in other cities, we have increased patrol staff to closely monitor the entire city, and we are working cooperatively with our neighboring cities to ensure that our community remains safe and secure.  If you observe criminal behavior or see anything suspicious, please call 911. 

A Message from Police Chief Bill Whalen

In response to the civil unrest occurring in nearby Los Angeles and throughout southern California, the El Segundo Police Department is closely monitoring the events in Downtown LA, Fairfax District, and other locations. While we support the right to protest peacefully, we do not condone the illegal and hurtful behavior now occurring. There is no immediate threat to the El Segundo community; however, please know that we have sufficient staffing and plans in place to keep you safe at all times.

Like all of you, I am extremely disturbed and saddened by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. All of us struggle to make sense of what we saw on the video. The El Segundo Police Department fosters an environment of inclusivity and biased-free policing. We believe in the sanctity of all human life and our training is based on this fundamental concept. We train to de-escalate a situation whenever possible and to only use the amount of force necessary to perform our duties. We will not tolerate in our ranks anyone who does not live up to these standards. You deserve nothing less. I am proud of your police officers and their commitment to each of you.

Every El Segundo Police Officer took an oath to protect the entire community. Every day they adhere to the Police Department’s core values of respect, integrity, service, and excellence. If at any time you want discuss this incident, or any other public safety matter, please contact me at bwhalen@elsegundo.org or (310) 524-2280. You can also find more information on the Police Department’s website www.elsegundopd.org.

 

Respectfully,

Bill Whalen
Chief of Police

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