GLENDALE—Representatives of the Armenian National Committee – Glendale Chapter recently held a meeting with the newly appointed Glendale Police Chief, Ronald DePompa to discuss a number of issues of concern to Glendale’s Armenian-American community and residents of Glendale in general.
During the meeting the sides discussed a number of items, including the need for a more diverse workforce, better recruitment/testing methods, a cultural sensitivity training program, the Ovasapian vs. City of Glendale case, and community outreach. In addition, Chief DePompa updated ANCG representatives on various strategic changes taking place in the department including a new information system, which will allow the department to obtain crime trends on a daily basis and the implementation of area commands through which each team of officers will be in charge of a designated neighborhood as opposed to rotating throughout the city.
“As someone who has grown up in Glendale and has worked in the Glendale Police Department for the past 30 years, Chief DePompa has a keen understanding of the various issues facing the Glendale community and the needs of the force,” stated ANC-Glendale Executive Director, Elen Asatryan. “We were very pleased with the outcome of our first meeting and look forward to working with the department under his guidance to launch a cultural sensitivity training program for the force, to host community briefings and town hall meetings, as well as to revamp the recruitment video geared specifically towards the Armenian-American community in the coming months,” added Asatryan.
DePompa was joined by public information officer, Tom Lorenz and representing the ANC-Glendale were Co-Chairmen Leonard Manoukian and Sarkis Ourfalian and Executive Director Elen Asatryan.
The Armenian National Committee-Glendale Chapter advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s Armenian American community and promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.