SRPD Reporting Low Morale

Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro told the City Council that staffing and morale are suffering. Navarro made the comments at a subcommittee meeting on Monday. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to quell protests over the summer. There have been at least 7 claims filed against the city for injuries sustained during street protests following the killing of George Floyd this summer. Councilwoman Victoria Fleming asked the chief if he had evidence of low morale, according to the Press Democrat. Navarro responded that he had not conducted a formal survey, but had interviewed officers directly and talked with union officials. The concern is that without addressing morale, staffing will continue to struggle and it will be difficult to attract new hires.