Fresno Police used to average one officer involved shooting every month and log dozens of complaints of excessive force and racial profiling among other concerns.

But now complaints and officer-involved shootings are down.

The reason for the decline is two-fold according to police Chief Jerry Dyer.

First, Dyer says the decline is a result of new training focusing officers on de-escalating tense situations.

“That includes providing mental health awareness training to our officers that is extensive. That means to make sure that their training that is being provided is to ‘slow down the call’ and make sure there are sufficient number of officers on scene and resources,” Dyer said.

But Dyer also points out that cops feel like they are under siege by national events that have cast police in a negative light.


Valley Public Radio