Redlands Police Department First To Add “PEACE OFFICER” To Entire Fleet, Joined by NFL Great Eric Davis On 12/14/17

December 10, 2017

The Redlands Police Department is leading the nation as the first department to add the designation “PEACE OFFICER” to its entire fleet.

NFL great and ESPN host Eric Davis will serve as Ambassador with Redlands Mayor Paul Foster and Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, when the Redlands Police Department unveils the inaugural cars at the RPD Administration building (Old City Hall) at 30 Cajon St. 

Police vehicles for the City of approximately 70,000 residents about 60 miles east of Los Angeles now include the designation “PEACE OFFICERS.” The change was inspired by, funded and overseen by Police2Peace, a charitable organization founded to assist law enforcement agencies.

Inspired by a big idea, Police2Peace facilitates better relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Police2Peace represents forward-thinking and community mindedness.

“We’re excited about these vehicles being out in the community,” said Police Chief Garcia. “We’re looking forward to the impact simply using the word ‘PEACE’ has on both the community and our officers,” he continued. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity to gauge the power of words in our communities,” said Lisa Broderick, Executive Director of Police2Peace. “As far as we know, this is the first time a community has retroactively added the words ‘PEACE OFFICER’ to their vehicles in this country,” she added. 

Research to evaluate the impact of this initiative on the police and community is also being conducted by independent research collaboration of NYU andUCLA, called BetaGov. BetaGov is an interdisciplinary research team which provides rapid-cycle innovation and testing support to government agencies at no cost.

The Police2Peace program, “PEACE OFFICER” designation and all accompanying research is at absolutely no cost to the City.  Support for the Police2Peace program includes a grant from the Schaina and Josephina Lurje Memorial Foundation.

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Police Chief Mark Garcia

Mark A. Garcia is the Chief of Police in Redlands, California. The Redlands Police Department is committed to enhancing public safety in the City of Redlands. A history of established trust and cooperative efforts between community groups and local law enforcement have led to the development of strong partnerships that allow the Redlands Police Department to proactively address the needs of the citizens and maintain strong ties with the community.

Eric Davis, ESPN

Eric Davis played 13 years in the NFL, drafted by the San Francisco 49ers out of Jacksonville State in 1990.  He played for San Francisco, Carolina, Denver and finished his career in 2002 with Detroit. He is the all-time leader in consecutive NFL playoff games—five—with at least one interception. Davis is currently on air with ESPNLA serving fans with total coverage of sports in Southern California and beyond.   

Lisa Broderick, Executive Director, Police2Peace

The founder of Police2Peace, Lisa is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive for over 30 years.  As Managing Partner of New York-based Conversus Group for the last 16 years, she built a consulting firm which helps early stage companies and professionals become better-organized, properly financed, and able to monetize their talent while maximizing opportunities. 

About Police2Peace

Police2Peace is an innovative national initiative. The organization simply adds or replaces the term, “Police Officer” with “PEACE OFFICER” on existing squad cars in municipalities across the country. Police2Peace seeks to facilitate healthier and more productive interactions between communities and law enforcement.

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