VPD Reform Initiatives and Policy Changes Remain Top Priority In 2022
Posted on 04/15/2022

In Vallejo PD’s effort to provide increased transparency and accountability to our community, the Vallejo Transformation Initiative (VTI) has outlined the strategic focus areas for change in 2022. 

“Long-term, meaningful change not only means implementing reforms,” said Vallejo Chief of Police Shawny K. Williams. “We want to pull the curtain back so that our community can see the steps we are taking in changing our culture. It’s imperative that our community be involved and invested in our efforts.” 

In June 2020, the California Department of Justice (Cal DOJ), the City of Vallejo, and the Vallejo Police Department, entered into an agreement that formed the Vallejo Police Department Transformation Initiative (VTI). Prior to the VTI, an independent police practices expert, the OIR Group, made 45 reform recommendations for VPD on the use of force, accountability, and community policing. VPD and the City of Vallejo agreed to implement these 45 recommendations and additional reforms identified by Cal DOJ. Cal DOJ agreed to serve as the independent oversight body to evaluate VPD and the City’s compliance.  The process includes engaging Vallejo stakeholders, developing standards, and creating a framework for implementing the OIR recommendations. 

Four strategic focus areas, with a primary focus on use of force, will serve as the foundation for the VTI in 2022.  

  • Use of Force – Includes a review and assessment of VPD’s use of force policies and practices as they relate to training, implementation, reporting, supervision, and oversight and accountability. Includes ensuring adherence to policy and reviewing discipline to ensure fair and impartial use-of-force decisions, and a diagnostic review of the use of force reporting to determine the data points currently captured by the system and then assess necessary changes to data elements.  
  • Bias-Free Policing – A review and assessment of VPD’s policies, operational practices, training and reporting mechanisms to advance bias-free policing.  
  • Community Engagement and Transparency – Review and assessment of the policies and practices related to community collaboration and engagement on policing strategies and goals. Also includes a review and assessment of the processes, protocols, investigation, reporting and resolution of public complaints. 
  • Police Professionalism and Accountability – Review and assessment of VPD’s policies, practices, training and current staffing components that assess policing services. This includes command, operational and administrative staff who support effective and professional policing services, including officer discipline and service standards.  

This Work Plan provides a schedule for the implementation of the remaining reforms ensuring that the residents of Vallejo have a police department that provides transparency as it improves its delivery of constitutional, respectful and responsive policing to the residents and stakeholders in Vallejo.  

View the VTI Work Plan.

For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer, Brittany K. Jackson by email at [email protected]. or by phone at (707) 651-7147.