Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi Joins Vacaville, Fairfield & Dixon Police Departments for Ride Alongs and Briefings on Recent Policy Changes

October 20, 2016
Press Release


Congressman Garamendi with Vacaville Police Chief John Carli (left) and Dixon Police Lt. Tom Cordova (right) during his Solano County police ride alongs yesterday. 

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VACAVILLE, CA – To better understand what local police departments are doing to protect their communities, develop better police training methods, and improve relations between the police and the public, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Yuba City, Davis, CA) participated in three ride alongs yesterday with the Vacaville, Fairfield, and Dixon police departments. The ride along in Vacaville was hosted by Captain Ian Schmutzler and included a briefing from Police Chief John Carli, who met with President Obama in July, for a conversation on 21st century policing methods prior to the ride along.

“It’s important for me to understand the challenges our local police departments face and to learn more about what reforms are being implemented to better train police officers and improve community relations. I thank the Vacaville, Fairfield, and Dixon police departments for letting me ride along yesterday, and I especially want to thank Vacaville Police Chief John Carli for his briefing,” Congressman Garamendi said.

He added, “Nationwide, we’ve seen tragedies ferment distrust and tear communities apart, but on a day in which another police officer has been shot and killed in Modoc County, California, I was grateful to learn from some exceptional police officers. Like the vast majority of their peers, they enter the profession because they care about our communities and want to make us safer. With better training and improved ties to every neighborhood, we can go a long way toward building trust, and it’s important for me to understand what is working on the local level.”