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Message from Indio Police Chief Mike Washburn

There are approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies in this nation. Let's not assume all of them need to be reformed. A progressive department doesn't wait for a crisis to implement what works. Currently, there is a campaign which focuses on policy changes. Policy is only one of the six pillars of police reform outlined by President Obama’s task force on 21st Century Policing. The Indio Police Department has been recognized nationally for its work in building trust and legitimacy (pillar 1) and working with vulnerable populations (pillar 4). I would urge you to read the report as it covers critical subjects such as accountability and oversight, training, procedural justice, community policing and officer wellness. The report contains 59 recommendations and 92 action items. 

recent New York Times article urged police leaders and elected officials everywhere to consider the report as the recipe for police reform.

If you are a resident of Indio, you can have immense pride that your police department was just one of 15 agencies selected in the nation as a model for 21st Century Policing. You can read more about this on our website. As a fellow Indio resident, I would ask that you learn more about your police department and get to know our officers and professional staff on a personal level. I know you will find them to be extraordinarily competent, caring, compassionate, and approachable. They live our motto of “Our Community, Our Commitment."