Community Message from Mayor Howard and Chief Mulholland
Earlier this year, the City Council set our vision for Redwood City as “A community where people of all backgrounds and income levels can thrive.” We have long been committed to working with our community to “Build a Great Community Together.”
On June 2, 2020, we stood and kneeled among several thousand others for a powerful demonstration at Courthouse Square. Those of us who are hurt and angered by Mr. George Floyd’s death came together in a united and peaceful way.
We want to thank the youth and adult community members who organized the demonstration, and everyone who joined us and who protested peacefully, without major incidents or property damage. We want to particularly thank the community members who helped ensure the safety of all of us who were present. We were well supported by the men and women of the Redwood City Police Department, the Redwood City Fire Department, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, and many other local public safety agencies and City staff who assisted in ensuring the safety of protestors, law enforcement, and the greater Redwood City community.
We have received many inquiries about our policies around training and use of force by our Police Department. For many years, the Redwood City Police Department has worked to build relationships and mutual understanding, striving to serve in partnership with our diverse community. They also have been doing the hard work to examine bias that we all carry, to respond with empathy in critical mental health incidents, and to develop new models to de-escalate violent situations and resolve them with less force. We want to invite you to join us for a Virtual Town Hall Community Policing and Community Q and A with Police Chief Dan Mulholland on Wednesday, June 10 from 7-8 p.m. via Zoom (meeting ID 971 2570 7141) or by phone at (669) 900-6833. To make the best use of our time, feel free to send your questions ahead of time to email@example.com. We will also take questions during the meeting, as time permits. In addition, please visit www.redwoodcity.org/communitypolicing to learn more about the Redwood City Police Department’s policies and training of all police personnel.
Together, we can strive to ensure all members of our community are respected and can thrive. Together, we can advance equality. Together, we have the power to make positive change happen.
Police Chief of Redwood City