PACT’s Dialogue & Action Calls for Santa Clara County Police Chiefs and County Sheriff to train officers on implicit bias and procedural justice

People Acting in Community Together


Contacts: Frank Richardson, 408.307.1118,; Yeme Girma, 408.396.4084,; Akemi Flynn, 408.504.8030 or; Jesus Ruiz, 408.230.5239,




PACT’s Dialogue & Action Calls for Santa Clara County Police Chiefs
and County Sheriff to train officers on implicit bias and procedural justice


Who: Police Chiefs from San Jose, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Campbell and Sunnyvale, the Santa Clara County Sheriff Smith and District Attorney Rosen will meet with hundreds of diverse community members and faith leaders.


What: People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is hosting its first gathering of police chiefs from across Santa Clara County. The chiefs, sheriff and DA will share unique insight and experiences on best practices for public safety. Community members will share their experiences with law enforcement and ideas for positive changes.


PACT will ask the chiefs and Sheriff to commit to implementing training and to have follow-up meeting with community members to work for increased transparency and accountability that are essential to community trust which is necessary for safety and justice for all, community members and police.


The event aims to transform the community through dialogue between the community and the local law enforcement to build understanding across different experiences, to promote safety and justice for all. 


When: May 31, 2018, 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm


Where: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127


Why:  This Dialogue is especially urgent following local and national incidents and concerns about safety, racial profiling, including two major student mass murders; police calls about “suspicious” Black people in cities across the region and country; the killing of Stephon Clark and Stevie Juarez by police; and the Santa Clara County Grand Jury recommendation for local law enforcement training on mental health issues to end the OIS (office involved shootings) and fatalities.  


This is PACT's 8th Beloved Community Dialogue since we launched on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr weekend in 2015.  Past Dialogues and the work between events has resulted in significant positive changes at SJPD, such as the no choke-hold policy, mandatory body worn cameras, de-escalation training, and more.


This Dialogue will highlight best practices from the important changes in police policies and practices that we have been able to achieve through PACT, SJPD and the Independent Police Auditor working together over the past few years.


The President of the California Police Chiefs Association, Chief David Swing of Morgan Hill, will participate with other members of the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs Association invited by SJPD Chief Garcia.


The goal is to engage more police chiefs and to develop strong partnerships between community members and their police departments across the county.  This is important to community members across the county, as many have interactions with law enforcement in other cities throughout the region.