Stanley McFadden to become Stockton’s first Black police chief

Stanley McFadden, a deputy chief with the San Jose Police Department, has been named as the next Stockton police chief. He’ll become the city’s first Black police chief. The Stockton city manager announced McFadden’s appointment on Wednesday, following a nationwide search that involved community and police departments surveys, interviews with nearly 40 community leaders and a group of four finalists. McFadden will take over as chief on June 1. The department has more than 400 sworn officers and 150 other staff, according to its website. “Chief McFadden embodies the qualities and characteristics expressed by everyone involved in the process, which he has demonstrated through extensive experience in various positions and assignments and a career in law enforcement that spans three decades,” city manager Harry Black said in a statement. “We welcome him to our community and look forward to working with him in this essential and key leadership position.”McFadden has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1993 and became deputy police chief last year.McFadden and his family have lived in San Joaquin County for 20 years. He said during the hiring process that his goal for the job would be “to bring transformative change, create a safe environment for all residents, and establish trust between those who serve the city and those who are the city.”He’ll take over at a time when the homicide rate has spiked in Stockton, with at least 20 so far this year in the city, including the stabbing death of a 15-year-old high school student last week. The police department has also faced scrutiny after Devin Carter, who was 17 years old at the time, claimed four officers used unnecessary force against him during a traffic stop on Dec. 30, 2020. Two of four of the officers were indicted in September. The department was also among several law enforcement policies that faced an audit over about biased conduct involving officers.”The Stockton Police Department looks forward to analyzing the audit and seeing how we can align our policies and procedures with the legislative requirements and current best practices to help ensure our officers are policing unbiased and ethically,” the department said in a statement about the audit on Wednesday. KCRA 3 spoke to business owners in Stockton about the department’s new chief. Shontay Rodriguez is the owner of Lilou of the Valley Vintage, a store that focuses on all things clothing, merchandise, music and memorabilia. She opened her business six years ago, nearly a mile away from Stockton police headquarters. Over the past year, break-ins and vandalism at her shop have increased. “I haven’t always gotten the support I need,” Rodriguez said. “I can’t say I’ve always been met with the best help or prevention.” She hopes this new police chief, who is also a person of color, will change that. A few doors down inside House of Ice Cream, owner Roderick Tyler is less hopeful. “You never going to be able to stop crime no matter what you do,” Tyler said. “Crime’s been happening in this city and every city forever, so it doesn’t matter who the chief is, it’s going to be the same stuff.”KCRA 3 spoke with Tashante McCoy, a community organizer in Stockton, who was part of the city ​​manager’s governing board and was able to interview the candidates for the police chief role.“For me, as a community organizer, we have to find a way no matter what, whether we disagree with leadership or not, to align ourselves with the work that is needed to be done in this city,” McCoy said. She hopes the new chief will be able to break down a barrier for people who want to see a more diverse police force.

Stanley McFadden, a deputy chief with the San Jose Police Department, has been named as the next Stockton police chief. He’ll become the city’s first Black police chief.

The Stockton city manager announced McFadden’s appointment on Wednesday, following a nationwide search that involved community and police departments surveys, interviews with nearly 40 community leaders and a group of four finalists. McFadden will take over as chief on June 1. The department has more than 400 sworn officers and 150 other staff, according to its website.

“Chief McFadden embodies the qualities and characteristics expressed by everyone involved in the process, which he has demonstrated through extensive experience in various positions and assignments and a career in law enforcement that spans three decades,” city manager Harry Black said in a statement. “We welcome him to our community and look forward to working with him in this essential and key leadership position.”

McFadden has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1993 and became deputy police chief last year.

McFadden and his family have lived in San Joaquin County for 20 years. He said during the hiring process that his goal for the job would be “to bring transformative change, create a safe environment for all residents, and establish trust between those who serve the city and those who are the city.”

He’ll take over at a time when the homicide rate has spiked in Stockton, with at least 20 so far this year in the city, including the stabbing death of a 15-year-old high school student last week.

The police department has also faced scrutiny after Devin Carter, who was 17 years old at the time, claimed four officers used unnecessary force against him during a traffic stop on Dec. 30, 2020. Two of four of the officers were indicted in September.

The department was also among several law enforcement agencies that faced an audit over policies about biased conduct involving officers.

“The Stockton Police Department looks forward to analyzing the audit and seeing how we can align our policies and procedures with the legislative requirements and current best practices to help ensure our officers are policing unbiased and ethically,” the department said in a statement about the audit on Wednesday.

KCRA 3 spoke to business owners in Stockton about the department’s new chief.

Shontay Rodriguez is the owner of Lilou of the Valley Vintage, a store that focuses on all things clothing, merchandise, music and memorabilia. She opened her business six years ago, nearly a mile away from Stockton police headquarters. Over the past year, break-ins and vandalism at her shop have increased.

“I haven’t always gotten the support I need,” Rodriguez said. “I can’t say I’ve always been met with the best help or prevention.”

She hopes this new police chief, who is also a person of color, will change that.

A few doors down inside House of Ice Cream, owner Roderick Tyler is less hopeful.

“You [are] never going to be able to stop crime no matter what you do,” Tyler said. “Crime’s been happening in this city and every city forever, so it doesn’t matter who the chief is, it’s going to be the same stuff.”

KCRA 3 spoke with Tashante McCoy, a community organizer in Stockton, who was part of the city manager’s governing board and was able to interview the candidates for the police chief role.

“For me, as a community organizer, we have to find a way no matter what, whether we disagree with leadership or not, to align ourselves with the work that is needed to be done in this city,” McCoy said.

She hopes the new chief will be able to break down a barrier for people who want to see a more diverse police force.

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