New Plan for Fresno Police Auditor

March 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin and Police Chief Jerry Dyer will reveal their plan for an independent police auditor Tuesday. The proposal has sparked strong emotions on both sides of the debate.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Mayor Swearengin, Chief Dyer and City Manager Andy Souza will reveal the Independent Police Auditor proposal in a news conference at Fresno City Hall at 11am Tuesday morning.

Monday's shooting in Calwa was the fourth officer involved shooting in the Fresno area since the beginning of the year. Last year there were a total of seven.

Chief Dyer said having a police auditor now would have had no impact on officers using deadly force when needed. But he hopes an auditor will increase the public's trust in Fresno Police.

"There is nothing we can do to gain the trust of everyone but there are things we can do to enhance the level of trust of certain members of our community," said Chief Jerry Dyer with the Fresno Police Department.

We know some of the details Chief Dyer and Mayor Swearengin will propose to the City Council for the auditor position. The auditor would report to the City Manager who has the ability to hire and fire them. He or she must have a legal background and be familiar with law enforcement. The position pays about $150,000 dollars a year including benefits.

The Fresno City Council must still approve the position. The previous council rejected the idea of an Independent Police Auditor several times. But the issue has not yet been presented to some of the newly elected members.

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