Andre Anderson was a former police commander, who has now been named the interim police chief in Ferguson, Missouri. This particular city has had such a difficult time dealing with blatant racial disparities since the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teenager, at the hands of a white police officer in August 2014.
According to USA Today, the new chief, 50-year-old Andre Anderson, was a police commander over in Glendale, Arizona. He says that his primary goal while serving as chief will be “simply to build trust, to develop community policing” in the divided city.
Along with the introduction of the new chief, Mayor James Knowles also made an announcement that all Ferguson officers will be getting body cameras.
USA Today notes that Anderson intends to get himself out into the community, make himself a highly visible chief to everyone, while working with officers to create healthier, positive relationships with those who live in the city.
You know. Like all cops should.
He also announced that he plans to make use of recommendations from a federal Task Force on 21st-Century Policing and the Justice Department “to cultivate relationships that we know and hope will reshape our direction in the city of Ferguson,” the news site notes. Another goal of Anderson’s is to attract and hire black officers as well as incorporate de-escalation training and “bias awareness training.”