Message from the Chief
June 3, 2020
To the City of Savage Community,
First and foremost, our prayers and thoughts go out to Mr. George Floyd’s family. The death of Mr. Floyd was tragic, upsetting and we are all heartbroken. I cannot begin to understand why it was necessary for Mr. Floyd to lose his life.
The actions of those officers have tarnished the badge that they wear and the oath that they took to protect and serve the community. We chose this vocation to protect those who can’t protect themselves and will go out of our way to make sure we help to improve the quality of life for everyone.
On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. In making their recommendations, the Task Force recognized that “trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential in a democracy. It is key to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.”
Building trust within our agency is a result of providing the proper resources, leadership and training in order for officers to succeed in the Department’s mission. Building trust outside of the agency begins with developing positive relationships with the community through our daily contacts and our community outreach initiatives.
We know that the tragic news and events unfolding in Minneapolis and throughout the nation may be impacting our residents.
In October of 2019 and February of 2020, our community members came together for our Community Conversation on Race events. We must continue to move forward, engaging in these conversations with empathy, respect and understanding - whether it is a conversation with neighbors, family members or community members. This is an opportunity to look into what’s happening around us, focus on our values and make connections with those of different backgrounds and ethnicities. We have more similarities than differences. It is of the utmost importance that we continue with this dialogue even during difficult times.
The Savage Police Department and City Officials are planning the next Community Conversation on Race event; we want all residents to know they are valued and supported.
Rodney R. Seurer, Chief of Police