The following is the statement of Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association:
The men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association must thank the residents of San Bernardino for their overwhelming support during the election.
The San Bernardino Police Department has a very long history of support from the hard working residents of our community. We do not take for granted the value and depth of this support. Our officers will continue to provide the highest quality service to the residents of San Bernardino.
A resounding message was sent to the Mayor and Common Council last evening. The voters are tired of the constant attacks on public safety and the defeat of Measure Q clearly directs to all involved that it is time to move forward. This message must not be minimized or disregarded.
Though we do not see eye to eye on the exact process needed to modernize the City Charter, we do recognize and acknowledge that the Committee in support of Measure Q is equally committed to improving San Bernardino. We sincerely appreciate their efforts and deeply believe that by working together, we can unite our community to the benefit of all residents.
As the voters have clearly stated, they expect the Mayor and Common Council to make public safety a top priority. The San Bernardino Police Officers Association once again stands ready to work with the City in a collaborative fashion. We believe that working together we can find the common ground to make San Bernardino safer and bring much needed stability to the men and women who are dedicated to residents safety, while also containing costs.
Once again we thank the residents of San Bernardino for their support. We will always be here for San Bernardino because the community’s safety is our top priority.