A Safe Haven, A Message from Chief Stewart
On Thursday afternoon, I met a resident who was so expressive, so thoughtful and had so many emotions about what was occurring in the world today in regards to the death of Mr. George Floyd, Ms. Breonna Taylor and many others of color. She shared with me some interactions as they pertained to the Town of Erie and the Erie Police Department. Most were good, but one was not.
We talked for an hour and I could tell she was conflicted because her father was retired law enforcement. She is bi-racial. I was extremely impressed with her taking the time to come and have a difficult conversation with me. It took tremendous courage.
I can say without question, I learned something about this young lady and something about myself. The moment I took the oath of office I swore to serve and protect. These incidents go against everything I believe in; the sanctity of life, the dignity of the human spirit, and our responsibility as humans, but most particularly as police officers, to treat all people with respect. I know there is a path forward. It continues with our willingness to listen, learn, dialog and connect with those we serve.
I take great pride in being your police chief and leading the Erie Police Department. We have amazing individuals working here. They are committed, motivated and dedicated people who endeavor to give their best to you, every day. Please know the Erie Police Department supports the rights of ALL, no matter the race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, or other specific group or segment of our community. All persons of color are welcome to come into THEIR police department or to call on us at any time! The Erie Police Department and the men and women who serve as YOUR police officers shall provide a safe haven for ALL.