San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman – 2/24/15
San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, provided the Point Loma Optimist Club with a review of her first year on the job and her goals for the Police Department in the coming years. “America’s Finest!” It is not just a slogan, but a higher standard for which all members of the department are held accountable. “We want to create a culture of excellence,” the Chief proclaimed. “Where excellence is expected in everything we do and every interaction we have with the community.”
There are lots of interactions. Over 1.2 million calls from San Diego residents and visitors are made to the Police Department every year! Over 140 Community Meetings are held every month! And, countless interactions occur every day by officers, staff and volunteers of the department with the general public. Many of those interactions are now recorded on video!
Over 600 sworn officers are now equipped with “body cameras”. These small video recording devices have had a tremendous impact on promoting a culture of excellence. “Interactions have been ‘de-escalated’ by the presence of a body camera,” Chief Zimmerman reported. “Claims of officer harassment have been dramatically cut back and the workload of the Internal Affairs division has reduced significantly.” Over 95% of the officers have come to agreement on the policies surrounding the use of body cameras!
Chief Zimmerman joined the San Diego Police Department in 1982. During her 34 year history with SDPD she has worked numerous commands and received extensive experience throughout the department. She has received numerous awards for her undercover work, community involvement and commitment to San Diego. The Chief stated her vision in the simplest of terms, “I want us all to work together.” This vision starts with the law enforcement community, extends to all the departments within the City of San Diego, and is focused on the San Diego Community as a whole. “We can do so much more good for each other, if we all work together!”
Chief Zimmerman is a strong supporter of her Alma Mater, Ohio State University, and an avid sports fan. She expounds on the strength of Social Media and encourages the use of FaceBook, Twitter and Nextdoor.com. A woman of strength, vision, compassion and courage, we are all proud to call Shelly Zimmerman … Chief!