Philanthropy Now podcast: Police work in San Jose

With our Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

San Jose is the 10th largest city in the country and has the least staffed police department in the nation. San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia sits with Gina Dalma, SVCF’s Vice President of Government Relations, to talk about everything from building trust in the community to implicit bias training to what keeps Chief Garcia up at night worrying. SVCF has worked closely with the San Jose Police Department on scaling the department’s community engagement work; specifically with youth and people of color; data collection and analysis; and, most recently, with the San Jose Police Foundation on its Gun Buy Back event to be held on December 1, 2018. 


Gina Dalma, SVCF’s Vice President of Government Relations,
and San Jose Police Chief, Eddie Garcia.


What you will learn:

  • How Chief Garcia’s job leading the police department of the 10th largest U.S. city is different from—and similar to—the jobs of his peers around the country.
  • How federal policies are impacting the community and what drove Chief Garcia to clarify his separation from these policies.
  • What the department is doing to strengthen the relationship between communities of color and law enforcement.
  • Chief Garcia's two major goals moving forward.
  • Things we should all keep in mind when it comes to bias.
  • How SVCF’s involvement with the police department is impacting the community.
  • What everyone needs to know about the San Jose Police Foundation's Gun Buy Back program.

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