Goodman, Darren San Bernardino, California’s first black police chief Darren Goodman
Goodman, Darren San Bernardino, California’s first black police chief
Darren Goodman, the first African American to command the San Bernardino Police Department in its 116-year history, has been named Police Chief in the city of San Bernardino, California.
Goodman has more than 31 years of expertise in police enforcement. He was formerly the first black police chief in the city of Upland, where he served for four years as chief of police.
He spent 27 years with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department before becoming chief in Upland. He also teaches at Cal State San Bernardino as an adjunct professor.
Now, on June 1, Goodman will take over as chief of the San Bernardino Police Department, which has 262 sworn officers and 150 civilian employees.
As chief of police in San Bernardino, Goodman’s first task is to build a bridge between the police department and the community by listening to their problems.
“To establish bridges, you have to be able to hear people,” he told Black Voice News. “My goal is to listen to my officers and understand their viewpoints on what we need to do to better serve the community’s needs.”
He also plans to contact neighborhood leaders and various community organizations to “find out how they feel about the service they are receiving from the police department, as well as how safe they feel or don’t feel in their particular communities,” he said.