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Tribune editorial part of WVC chief interviews

Published June 18, 2013 2:15 pm

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Flattered to find out that one of our editorials - Losing our trust: Justice flawed from the top down, May 27 - was part of the required reading for those applying to be the new chief of the West Valley City Police Department.

— West Valley City police chief who can restore public trust — By Pamela Manson | The Salt Lake Tribune... City administrators used Skype to conduct preliminary interviews and asked each candidate to make a video presentation on why a police chief has the inherent responsibility to instill public trust, using a May 27 editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune as a starting point. The staff editorial, "Losing our trust," discusses the erosion of faith in the nation's justice system.Isaac said the candidates' demeanor, as well as the answer itself, were evaluated and the field has been narrowed to nine finalists, who underwent background checks and will come to West Valley City next week for further interviewing.The finalists will take part in role-playing scenarios, such as being grilled by a reporter. ...

While they are at it, WVC officials should ask chief hopefuls what they think about this Tribune editorial:

— WVC or UPD?: City should consider county service — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, April 11Among all the questions surrounding the conduct of West Valley City police officers and management of the department, there is one that can and should be answered, and soon: Is it time for the city to disband its police operations and instead join the Salt Lake County Unified Police Department?Such a step would have widespread ramifications for police officers, the city and its residents and should not be done without thorough study. But it should be seriously considered. ...

Maybe that will be part of the "being grilled by a reporter" part.