Oxnard PD Chief Jeri Williams answers Armando Vazquez: We are a nation of laws

Editor’s Note: We forwarded Mr. Vazquez’s latest opinion piece to Chief Williams.  Her response is below.

Editorial

 

By Chief Jeri Williams

Yes, we are a nation of laws. Each incident and the circumstance around every call is unique. Some volatile, others simply a quick call for service.

The narrative of a “militarized cop,” is not representative of the Oxnard Police. We are a growing community that has long embraced our evolving community-based policing strategy – that aims to inform, engage and empower residents as partners in public safety.

Our Beat Coordinators are working directly with neighbors and entire neighborhoods to improve quality of life issues. In fact, Beat Coordinators attend every neighborhood council meeting in the city. We take pride in transparency to the extent given by law to protect suspects and victims, sometime to our own demise.

After a string of major crimes at the start of the year, I convened my Chief’s Community Advisory Board and invited faith-based leaders for an honest conversation and full-briefing on this spike of violence. Out of this meeting, community leaders came together and have been meeting weekly to, as Mr. Vazquez ends, to “promote love … and open our hearts, souls, and minds to the simple demands of peace.”  This group, likely not to Mr. Vazquez’s knowledge, has emerged as “Oxnard Ambassadors of Peace” with a mission to transform the culture of violence in the greater Oxnard community, to one of peace, unity and love, one neighborhood at a time.

They have a Facebook Page, Oxnard Ambassadors of Peace Serving Oxnard and the Surrounding Communities, with nearly 150 following and supporting their work. They are working diligently to organize a Peace March scheduled for this Saturday, May 9th at 8:00am starting at La Colonia Park.

Three Intercessors from the Oxnard Ambassadors of Peace praying in downtown Oxnard near the Gazebo in Plaza Park. (Facebook)

Three Intercessors from the Oxnard Ambassadors of Peace praying in downtown Oxnard near the Gazebo in Plaza Park. (From Facebook Ambassadors of Peace)

As a concerned resident, I hope he and others in our community join these community leaders and other concerned community members to support their mission, and help transform the culture of violence in our community.

Armando Vazquez’s Op-Ed

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Chief Jeri Williams

Chief Jeri Williams

Chief Jeri Williams has been the Chief of Police with the Oxnard Police Department since January 2011.

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