With the recent requests from the dais, news articles about conducting an outside search for a Chief of Police, and the delay by the City to appoint interim Chief McBride to the position of Chief of Police, we felt it prudent to make the position of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association known.
The San Bernardino Police Officers Association stands in full support for the appointment of Eric McBride to serve as the next Chief of Police for the City of San Bernardino.
Like few others, our community has faced long-term challenges on many levels including crime, a growing homeless and parolee population, quality of life issues that need resolution and repeated civic financial concerns, to name a few.
Eric McBride is a 28 year employee of the SBPD who has risen through the ranks and has worked many of the various details that the department has implemented over the years.
He knows not only the City of San Bernardino, but also the organizational structure of the SBPD, our policies and procedures, our personnel, and our culture. With his appointment, Eric McBride will hit the ground running and there will be no learning curve. He knows the City, our residents and the concerns within.
Our department requires stability and leadership at this time. We are asking that City Manager Ledoux appoint Eric McBride to the position of Chief of Police, without further delay. We have worked with Eric for many years and know he brings the stability and leadership our organization needs.
Eric was appointed to serve as the Interim Chief nearly a year ago and has run the department effectively and efficiently since taking the helm. He has surrounded himself with some of our agencies strongest leaders, who also know and understand the unique challenges facing the City of San Bernardino and its Police Department.
Eric has led in the implementation of some of the highest priority structural changes that are needed to positively impact crime, and his plans for a new direction for this department are supported by the rank and file. Morale has improved and we know that both crime and quality of life issues will be positively impacted through his leadership.
We have worked with Eric McBride for many years and he has earned the deep respect of the men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association. He is the obvious and best choice to be the next Chief of Police and move our department forward.