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Redlands PD focuses on building trust to reduce crime

Redlands Police bolster commitment to community policing amid reports of record-low American confidence in the institution.

Police Chief Rachel Tolber and Interim Deputy Chief Deanna Cantrell spoke at the Redlands Forum, sponsored by ESRI and the University of Redlands Town and Gown, on Sept. 28

REDLANDS, Calif. - The Redlands Police Department's commitment to community policing is strong, according to Redlands Police Chief Rachel Tolber.

Tolber, who was sworn in as Redland's first female police chief in June 2023, was joined by Interim Deputy Chief Deanna Cantrell to speak about 21st Century Policing at the Redlands Forum on Sept. 28.

During the Forum hosted by ESRI and the University of Redlands Town and Gown, the officers stressed the importance of building trust and legitimacy through transparency, accountability, and community engagement.

Why it matters: According to a recent Gallup Poll measuring Americans' confidence in public institutions, confidence in the institution of policing remains at a record low. Just 43% of Americans report a "Great deal/quite a lot of confidence" in the police.

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