OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE ETHICAL SOCIETY OF POLICE
ESOP’s friends in the community come to us with the same question regarding the SLMPD Chief search — where has transparency been in this process?
The Chief of Police greatly impacts the citizens who reside within the city as well as business owners. Why hasn’t the public been given information about the candidates before now, so they can do their own research? Why has this long process been so secretive?
The Town Hall is finally an opportunity for the public to be involved. We are calling on City of St. Louis residents to attend the Mayor’s December 6 Town Hall at 6:00 pm at Vashon High School and/or submit questions through the City website.
If you are not assisting with the solution, you are made into the excuse for the process to continue behind closed doors.
This Town Hall is a start, but the public needs more transparency every step of the way until the Chief is selected. Let’s show them St. Louis citizens want and deserve to be involved!
More information and a link to the public safety survey to submit questions can be found on the City of St. Louis website — https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/
About The Ethical Society of Police
The Ethical society of Police (ESOP) was founded in 1972 by African-American officers to address race-based discrimination in the community and with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. In 2018, the ESOP expanded to include membership for civilian and commissioned employees of law enforcement agencies within St. Louis County.
The Ethical Society of Police is an association of police officers and civilians whose mission is to bridge communications between the historically marginalized communities and law enforcement. The ESOP works to improve: community/police relations, develop policies and programs to reduce crime, elevate the status of minority civilians and police officers, encourage greater minority employment by law enforcement agencies, and increase professionalism in law enforcement. Membership is open to all races, nationalities, religions, political affiliations, sexual orientations and gender identities. For more information about the Ethical Society of Police, visit www.esopstl.org.
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