Chandler Police Chief wants to keep dialogue with protesters open

Jun 7, 2020, 11:15 AM | Updated: Jun 8, 2020, 10:35 am
(Twitter Photo/@ChandlerPolice)...
(Twitter Photo/@ChandlerPolice)
(Twitter Photo/@ChandlerPolice)

PHOENIX -– As protests continue around the Valley, Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan said he’s impressed with how Chandler residents continue to peacefully protest.

“The majority of folks there were relatively young and to watch them demonstrate and use their constitutional right to protest and do it in a safe and law-abiding way, it was an example for other cities around the country to use,” Duggan told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Friday.

On Thursday, Duggan heard that protesters would be making their way to police headquarters, so he met them outside.

“We were able to have an open flow of dialogue, and that was so critically important, and I was able to express to them how as the police chief, but also as a resident here in the city of Chandler, how absolutely thrilled and impressed I was of them,” Duggan said.

Duggan said he marched along the demonstrators because they all want justice and equality. As part of the Chandler Police Department, Duggan said they’re everyone’s police, and they have to make sure the service they give is level and fair.

“What we’ve seen play out in our community is that for decades, we have a philosophy in this city, this police department, that we’re only as successful as the level of trust and support and respect that we receive from our community and that has to be earned every single day.”

Duggan said it’s important to keep the dialogue open because it helps to continue the trust between the community and the police department.

“To have that healthy dialogue is very important,” Duggan said. “There’s so many opportunities moving forward to continue that. I don’t see that as a one-off event, this will open doors and I encourage people to be involved and be engaged.”

He encourages people to be part of the change they want to see, whether that’s protesting or even joining to the police force.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Griselda Zetino contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoes bill to ban tents in public places

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a bill Thursday that would have prohibited people from setting up tents or tarps in public areas.
20 hours ago
This undated image provided by Raman and Puja Kalra shows their Dairy Queen franchise restaurant in...
Associated Press

Arizona Dairy Queen on the hunt for missing red spoon statue

The owners of a Dairy Queen in Phoenix remain perplexed as to why someone would steal the giant red spoon that adorned their restaurant.
20 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/City of Phoenix, AZ USA)...

Population growth in Maricopa County was largest in nation for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, more people have been moving to Maricopa County than any other county in the nation.
20 hours ago
(AP Photo/Reba Saldanha, File)...

Arizona politicians react to indictment of former President Donald Trump

Arizona politicians were quick to speak on the unprecedented news of Donald Trump's indictment, with reactions split along party lines.
20 hours ago
(Google Maps Screenshot)...
Taylor Kinnerup

Arizona’s News Roundup: Phoenix business owners win homelessness suit, Hobbs’ staffer resigns

KTAR’s Arizona’s News Roundup this week catches you up on homeless encampment updates, a change in the governor's office and more.
20 hours ago
(Mesa Police Department Photo)...

Teacher’s aide in Mesa arrested for allegedly sexual abusing 9-year-old girl

A teacher's aide at a Mesa elementary school was arrested for allegedly sexual abusing a 9-year-old girl multiple times on campus.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Photo: OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center)...

Here’s what you need to know about OCD and where to find help

It's fair to say that most people know what obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders generally are, but there's a lot more information than meets the eye about a mental health diagnosis that affects about one in every 100 adults in the United States.
Fiesta Bowl Foundation

Celebrate 50 years of Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade magic!

Since its first production in the early 1970s, the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe has been a staple of Valley traditions, bringing family fun and excitement to downtown Phoenix.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
Chandler Police Chief wants to keep dialogue with protesters open