Dear Lodi Community Members
I have struggled for several days to find the words to express my feelings and concerns regarding the death of George Floyd. I am saddened over the loss of a family’s loved one while in police custody. I am saddened and alarmed when anyone dies while in custody. I, like many I work with, have lost sleep and struggle with what has been happening in our great state. This tragedy must be addressed, and any wrongdoing identified and those responsible held accountable. I trust the criminal justice system will act accordingly and within the laws of that state.
As with this incident and many other high-profile cases police administrators must pause and review how their department is responding to the needs of all its citizens and those that visit Lodi. Does the department treat all persons equally? Does the department follow the rule of law and internal policy to achieve its collective goals? What can we improve and what can we do better? Trust that not only the aforementioned questions but others are routinely examined by the command staff at Lodi PD. We strive to provide the best possible service in support of free and safe movement of society within our jurisdiction. We hope our actions and interaction help to improve the quality of life in Lodi. Know that the members of The Lodi Police Department are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters with many of the same concerns and heartache as the community in which they police. We are you and you are us.
My goal is to have a transparent department where all persons feel comfortable stopping in to ask questions of us or seek help. Within the last year we have begun a complete department policy overhaul. New policy addresses all state and federal mandated policies. Policies are in place that address fair and equal treatment for all. Police staff are trained in those policies and receive ongoing education and career development.
I know that to be successful in law enforcement we need the support and help of those we protect. Trust that any unequal treatment of people by members of The Lodi Police Department will not be tolerated.
I close with a copy of our mission statement and the philosophy and goals of your Police Department. Please contact us when we fall short of any of our goals or your expectations.
As always BE SAFE.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE LODI POLICE DEPARTMENT
It is the mission of the Lodi Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the community to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence
PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS OF THE LODI POLICE DEPARTMENT
In recognition of the service aspects of the law enforcement functions, The Lodi Police Department’s philosophy and goals center about the provision of a myriad of services to the community, including:
Education of the public as to all the activities and services provided by this agency.
To act as a source of information as to the availability of personal and social assistance agencies throughout the community, and to provide referral to such agencies, as necessary.
To provide guidance to and assist the community in all efforts directed toward the maintenance of a law-abiding and safe environment.
To be aware of and take appropriate action against those persons who, through their behavior, violate the law and pose a threat to life, liberty, safety, and the freedoms of other community members.
It is, therefore, the general policy of this Police Department that the previously described philosophy and goals shall be followed and ascribed to in terms of all actions and activities undertaken by this Police Department and its employ
Chief Wayne A. Smith is currently employed by the City of Lodi Wi. Smith is a charter member (1996) of The Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators (WAHI) and held the office of President (2012-2013), and in 2011 was named Death Investigator of the Year by WAHI.