A Message From Our Police Chief During Uncertain Times
Our Police Chief William Imboden shared an important message with our community on May 31st via the Police Department’s Facebook page, and the City also shared this message on the City’s Facebook page on June 1st. It has been requested that we also share Chief Imboden’s letter on the City’s website:
To the Hercules Community:
The women and men of the Hercules Police Department have dedicated their careers and their lives to protecting and serving the residents and visitors of Hercules.
We are a dedicated and professional group of public servants who are as disgusted and outraged as the rest of the country by what we saw in Minnesota last week. What those now former Police Officers did was unconscionable and illegal, and they will face the consequences of their actions (or inaction) in court.
The Officers in Hercules are trained and held to a higher standard than what we saw from the Officers in Minneapolis. Not only are we permitted to intervene if we see an illegal action by our coworkers, we are required to, and we all know we are empowered to act without fear of reprisal.
We work hard to be a part of this community we all live and work in, and would not permit ourselves to betray the trust the residents of Hercules have put in us.
We defend and preserve the rights of the protestors to peacefully assemble and shout from the rooftops their messages of outrage and disgust. Peaceful civil discourse and even disobedience has been a part of the American culture since before the tea went into the harbor.
The Hercules Police Department has never, and will never tolerate hate, and we do not operate from a position of hate. We are well trained and take every precaution to maintain the safety of everyone we come into contact with, including and especially those who have been taken into custody. We have taken their freedom away and therefore have an obligation to provide for their safety. We take that obligation very seriously.
We mourn the death of George Floyd and hope his family finds strength and peace through family and friends during this difficult time.
William T. Imboden
Chief of Police
Community Letter (PDF)