The guilty verdict that was issued yesterday in the trial of Derek Chauvin is the start of a healing process for not just our community, but for the country. Since the killing of George Floyd the law enforcement community nationwide has garnered justified scrutiny. The subsequent nationwide movement and conversations demanding justice and accountability have once again brought the issue of systemic racism to the forefront and highlighted the need to revise policing and reform public safety.
We understand that there is immense value in developing a greater understanding of where our community is when it comes to the issue of policing. I have reviewed the recommendations provided by the Task Force on Racial Equity and understand there is work to be done. We know that trust in public safety can only be achieved when the communities served have an authentic and legitimate voice in how these services are administered.
The MSU Department of Police and Public Safety is committed to listening and building genuine trust with the community that we are so proud to serve. I expect a pending reorganization of the department to improve the alignment of resources and further enhance our outreach and engagement efforts and to effectively support all members of our community. In addition to the reorganization, we will establish direct and constant lines of engagement with our community via an advisory committee, community inclusion in departmental hiring and promotional processes, an expanded use of social workers, diversifying our department, and the expansion of our Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit.
Please know, we are committed to ensuring a safe environment for all, and to compassionately serve our Spartan community equitably, ethically, and professionally. I am looking forward to being a collaborative partner within our community.
Marlon C. Lynch (he/him)
Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police