Face-to-face with OPD chief Todd Schmaderer: a snapshot of 2020
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has led Nebraska’s largest police department since 2012.
“I have 900 officers and half a million people in this city, and I really see it as, ‘Things are going to happen,’” he said. “It’s my job to try to lead and navigate to the best of my ability. “
Schmaderer is proud of the department’s community partnerships. He frequently attends the Empowerment Network’s Omaha 360 meetings.
“We’ve always been very proud of our police-community relationship because it’s just a good way to do business,” he said. “We believe this is the best way to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in the community.”
Schmaderer said the numbers speak for themselves, because crime has declined steadily in Omaha since 2012 and was below the national average.
“If you take a look at the past nine years of work of the Omaha Police Department and look at the accomplishments we have made and the progress in police-community relations and crime reduction , and violent crime in particular, ”said Schmaderer.
Figures for 2020 vary, as the pandemic has uniquely altered crime statistics as well as the way the ministry has conducted its policing activities.
“It’s very hard, very hard, when we try to work with our community, and you can’t do it face to face,” he said. “Very difficult to do crime prevention and response when we are trying to avoid human contact because of the pandemic.
The events of summer 2020 also had a direct impact on the department. Additional resources and staff were needed to help manage the protests. The profession was also examined across the country after the death of George Floyd.
“It was difficult for the officers when the intrinsic value they had in this job was taken away from them. So it had negative consequences for them. In addition, they have families and are going through a pandemic like everyone else. So we’ve really increased our peer support and any advice we can provide in that regard, and we’ve increased it significantly, ”said Schmaderer.
This focus on mental health is also focused on community services.
The chief said the department has added several co-sponsors to his CORE team. He added: “We really stepped up our game on that front because when we started doing it we knew there was a pool and there was a demand … we find out that this pool was. much deeper than we thought.
To answer all the demographics, Schmaderer said that OPD has also become more intentional in hiring more diversity over the past decade. It’s not free. This year’s OPD recruiting class is the largest and most diverse in the history of the department.
“We also had our representative groups… our association of black police officers, our association of Latin American police officers, our group of women. We got them involved in the recruiting process to reach out, reach out to those who may be struggling to enter this profession because of all that is going on, ”he said.
As hopes grow that the pandemic will end, Schmaderer said they plan to focus on crime prevention again.
He said: “Our goal going forward is that once we’re out of this pandemic, our goal is to get back to about a third. A third of intervention, a third of prevention and a third of application. “
3 News Now will have more on the interview with Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer on Friday as part of our Moving Forward special.
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