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East Palo Alto’s ex-chief sworn in for COPS job

By Josh Richman
Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 11:26 am in Jackie Speier, U.S. House.

Former East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis was sworn in Tuesday as head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.

Ronald DavisDavis served for eight years as the top cop in East Palo Alto, once a murder hotspot; the city’s homicide rate dropped more than 50 percent and overall crime dropped by 20 percent during his tenure. He tendered his resignation last month and served his last day a week ago. Earlier, Davis had served for 20 years with the Oakland Police Department. He was named as a finalist for the police chief’s job in New Orleans in 2010.

Rep. Jackie Speier led 18 other California House members in sending a letter Thursday to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder applauding Davis’ appointment.

“Chief Davis is highly regarded, both locally in my district and nationally, for his smart and creative approaches to policing,” wrote Speier, D-San Mateo. “He has made a big difference in East Palo Alto and will be a real asset to the COPS program. His knowledge of our region and its issues will be a great benefit for the local community.

Other House members signing the letter included Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland; Mike Honda, D-San Jose; Mike Thompson, D-Napa; Sam Farr, D-Santa Cruz; Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose; Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto; George Miller, D-Martinez; and Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton.

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