ACA Meets With Glendale Police Chief


GLENDALE, Calif. — Representatives of the Armenian Council of America-Glendale Chapter recently met with the newly-appointed Glendale Police Chief Ronald DePompa to discuss various issues concerning the Armenian- American community and residents of Glendale in general. The items of discussion included the goals and objectives of the Department in relation to its interaction and community outreach with the community, the need for a more diverse workforce, better recruitment/testing methods and the Ovasapian vs. City of Glendale case.
DePompa acquainted ACA members with new strategies that are being developed in order to lower crime rates through advanced informational technology systems designed to promote time efficiency and effectiveness.
“We had the opportunity to talk to the chief and express our concerns as well as receive insight as to what steps are being taken to address the issues of the community, and hope this meeting is the beginning of many edifying engagements the Police Department will have with the Armenian-American community of Glendale,” said Peter Darakjian, ACA board member.
“As a Glendale resident, the meeting was very informative and productive and I’m assured that under the new leadership of Chief DePompa, many improvements in the city will be made including cultural sensitivity training for non-Armenian police offers who interact heavily with the Armenian American community in Glendale on a daily basis,” added Vartan Kojababian of the ACA.
DePompa was joined by public information officer, Sergeant Tom Lorenz, Captain Kirk Palmer, Captain Michael Rock and Captain Lief Nicollaisen, representing ACA were Executive Board Members Peter Darakjian, Sahag Ketifian, and ACA Glendale Branch members Vartan Kojababian and Nareg Gharibian.
The Armenian Council of America is a grassroots organization dedicated to working with all political leaders, offering Armenian related news, analysis and resources for policymakers, media, students and activists, advocating issues important to Armenian Americans. The Armenian Council of America aims to strengthen US-Armenia and US-Nagorno Karabagh ties, the development of programs promoting sustainable economic growth and good governance in Armenia, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship.

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