April 23, 2024
A closeup picture of a San Diego Police officer. Courtesy of the division

 San Diego has began a web-based survey to realize suggestions for the San Diego Police Division’s subsequent chief of police earlier than it begins a nationwide search, it was introduced Monday.

“Selecting who will lead the police division will straight influence the general public security of all San Diegans,” mentioned Mayor Todd Gloria. “For that reason, Metropolis Councilmembers and I hope all group members will specific their wants and wishes in order that we are able to finest choose the suitable candidate for this delicate and essential function.”

Group members are requested to finish the survey — www.surveymonkey.com/r/T2M9X73 — to share their opinions in regards to the qualities and traits they’d prefer to see within the subsequent chief of police.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, who was promoted to the highest place in 2018, formally introduced his retirement in 2023 and can full his service in June 2024. Nisleit joined SDPD in 1988, following within the footsteps of his father, who additionally had an extended profession as a police officer with the division.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve town of San Diego throughout my 36 years with the San Diego Police Division,” mentioned Nisleit when he introduced his retirement. “I’m dedicated to persevering with the good progress we’ve made towards preserving San Diego one of many most secure massive cities, and stay up for transitioning the division into the palms of the top-tier candidate who is chosen to function the subsequent police chief.”

Along with the survey, which can be accessible in Spanish, town’s human assets division will internet hosting a sequence of group boards, with one in every of San Diego’s 9 council districts all through January. The whole schedule for the boards may be discovered on the Chief Recruitment webpage, www.sandiego.gov/police/next-police-chief.

“Each particular person in each neighborhood deserves to really feel and be protected. Offering security to all individuals of all backgrounds requires understanding the nuanced and diversified wants of the 1.4 million San Diegans,” mentioned Metropolis Council President Sean Elo-Rivera. “We are able to solely acquire that understanding with the assistance of the group.

“The police chief search boards provide a possibility for town to be taught straight from the group what kind of chief will assist us obtain our objective of constructing all individuals really feel protected,” he mentioned. “I hope we’ll have the form of strong group participation that helps San Diego discover the perfect chief to attain our objective of offering security and justice for all.”

Group members who’re all for taking part within the conferences are inspired to RSVP on-line; nonetheless, an RSVP just isn’t required to attend. Language interpretation and accessibility companies can be found throughout the conferences upon request.

Candidates for the job will endure a sequence of interviews, together with one carried out by a panel of group leaders nominated by Metropolis Councilmembers and Gloria.

Town council’s official course of to rent a brand new chief requires the mayor to nominate a candidate to be confirmed by the council.

— Metropolis Information Service