The Ethical Society of Police (ESOP) has released the following statement about the announcement of the new SLMPD (St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department) Chief of Police Robert Tracy:
ESOP aspires to work diligently with the new chief towards making the agency equitable and fair for our officers and develop better community policing for all.
We have long called for more transparency and input. That starts with our plans to meet with the new chief in the immediate future to discuss our priorities, concerns and perspective.
We will hold him to high standards as we have previous chiefs and do everything we can to work together and support progress.
About The Ethical Society of Police
The Ethical society of Police (ESOP) was founded in 1972 by African-American officers to address race-based discrimination in the community and with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. In 2018, the ESOP expanded to include membership for civilian and commissioned employees of law enforcement agencies within St. Louis County.
The Ethical Society of Police is an association of police officers and civilians whose mission is to bridge communications between the historically marginalized communities and law enforcement. The ESOP works to improve: community/police relations, develop policies and programs to reduce crime, elevate the status of minority civilians and police officers, encourage greater minority employment by law enforcement agencies, and increase professionalism in law enforcement. Membership is open to all races, nationalities, religions, political affiliations, sexual orientations and gender identities. For more information about the Ethical Society of Police, visit www.esopstl.org.