East Palo Alto Police Chief Ronald Davis announced his retirement today after eight and a half years, city officials said. Davis has accepted a position as director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, officials said. An interim police chief will be announced next week. “Being selected to serve in this position and in the Obama administration is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, yet leaving East Palo Alto is bittersweet,” Davis said in a statement.
Davis was a captain with 20 years of experience with the Oakland Police Department at the time that he took over the East Palo Alto department, city officials said. City Manager Magda Gonzalez said Davis has strengthened relations between the police and the public, which she said has helped reduce crime and violence.
Programs he has launched include Prisoner Reentry, FIT Zone, Graffiti Arts Project, Beat Meetings and Chats with the Chief. “Chief Davis has accomplished so much for East Palo Alto during his time here, and he’ll be greatly missed,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “His leadership, innovation and genuine affection for this community have made the East Palo Alto Police Department one of the most progressive police agencies in the United States,” she said.
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