Concord Police Chief Mark Bustillos released this letter to the community on June 16, 2020 in response to questions about the national "8 Can’t Wait" campaign related to police use-of-force policies.
"As the new Chief of Police for the Concord Police Department, I am currently reviewing all policies, procedures, tactics, and training. I am listening carefully to the community conversations, and I am mindful of the current climate of frustration and anger related to police abuse-of-power situations, including the inexcusable killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. I am also aware of how this sentiment affects our own community engagement and public trust here in Concord.
I understand and fully embrace the notion that the Concord Police Department is created by the community and for the community. It is our responsibility to develop rules, regulations, policies, and procedures which reflect the values of our community and utilize the best practices of our profession. I have heard from many of you who requested Concord’s response to the national call for the “8 Can’t Wait” policing reforms. In response to your requests, I would like to share the following..."