WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - West Valley City's new police chief is out trying to rebuild public trust. His department has being rocked by recent scandals. So Thursday night the chief held the first of what will be many public forums to give people a new reason to believe in West Valley police.
"Everybody's picked up a newspaper or searched the internet and heard about our scandals," said Lee Russo, West Valley City Police Chief.
Thursday night West Valley Police Chief Lee Russo is reaching out to the people of his city.
"Does anybody in the room think we have a public image problem? Confidence and trust?" said Russo.
Russo said he's aware that the controversy over the Danielle Willard shooting, the scandal over stacks of dismissed drug cases, and a recent sex crimes audit have a given his department a black eye. So he's holding the first of what will be a monthly public forum to share his goals to fix the department and find out what people are concerned about.
"We serve the public. So at some point we need to ask the question, well, how well are we serving you? What do you think we can do better? What are the things that you like?" Russo said.
Thursday night at the Utah Cultrual Celebration Center, people did just that, and the Chief responded.
"Do you feel he addressed your concerns tonight?" asked ABC 4 Utah Reporter Brian Carlson.
"I believe that he addressed a lot of concerns of people that are here and yes with me, " said Juanita Ramoscorum, concerned citizen.
"I was very impressed with the openness that he expressed. I like a lot of the detail of the policies he's laying out," said Barbara Thomas, concerned citizen.
"It's a whole another thing to see how it actually plays out and see what he actually does, well just see," said Mark Stewart, concerned citizen.
So far the Chief doesn't have an exact date on when the monthly meetings will occur, but he did say they will rotate to different parts of the city to give people an easier opportunity to attend.
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