A Statement from Monterey Park’s Chief of Police, Kelly Gordon
We grieve with the family of George Floyd, feel the anguish across our broader community, and commit ourselves to the healing process that must follow.
The Monterey Park Police Department is committed to providing professional, fair, compassionate, and dedicated law enforcement with integrity and respect. The death of George Floyd is tragic and was unnecessary. The actions of those officers do not reflect the values of our department and tarnished the badge we all wear.
The Monterey Park Police already incorporates de-escalation as part of our defensive tactics, firearms and less than lethal weapons curriculum for decade. We utilize scenario and reality-based training to ensure our officers understand the concepts of de-escalation.
I want to take this opportunity to say I am proud to work with men and women who act with nobility and honor our oath. I am thankful for their professionalism and how they serve our community. I know they will rise to this challenge and I encourage discussion in an effort to preserve the trust we have with our community.
The Monterey Park Police Department is a full service police agency. Our 75 sworn police officers and 44 civilian personnel represent a diverse workforce that is supported by over 80 community volunteers through the police reserves, emergency communications, citizen patrol, explorer programs, and other civilian volunteers.
We take pride in our ability to prevent crime, interact with the community, and apprehend criminals. Our department personnel strives to provide the finest police service to our community. We view the community as our partner in fighting crime and seek the community’s input and assistance through programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Citizen Patrol, and the Citizen’s Academy.