The City of Santa Barbara Releases Statement on Death of Tyre Nichols
The death of Tyre Nichols is appalling, tragic, and was unnecessary. The individuals involved have rightly been fired and criminally charged in the death of Tyre Nichols. There is no excuse for their actions. The actions of these individuals do not reflect the values of our public safety departments and tarnish the badge we all wear.
The Santa Barbara Police Department and Santa Barbara Police Officers Association are committed to providing professional, fair, compassionate, and dedicated law enforcement with integrity and respect with a fundamental commitment to the preservation of human life. The Santa Barbara Police Department began incorporating de-escalation as part of our defensive tactics, firearms and less than lethal weapons curriculum several years ago. We utilize scenario and reality-based training to ensure our officers understand the concepts of de-escalation.
Chief of Police Kelly Gordon shared, “I want to take this opportunity to say I am proud to work with the men and women who act with nobility and honor our oath. I am thankful for their professionalism and how they serve our community. I know they will rise to this challenge, and I encourage discussion in an effort to preserve the trust we have with our community.” The Santa Barbara Police Department will continue working with the community to support the goals of community-oriented policing, work cooperatively to proactively address community concerns, and always strive to improve trust.
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department and the Santa Barbara City Firefighters Association are committed to providing comprehensive, caring and compassionate service to our community. The department responds to nearly 12,000 calls annually and prides itself in taking extra care on all incidents. Fire Chief Chris Mailes stated, “Together with our response partners, the Santa Barbara Fire Department ensures that all community members and visitors are cared for like members of our own family.”