Message from City Manager, Jeffrey Epp: “Residents and law enforcement in Escondido have really shown their best this week, even though other parts of our country suffer from protests turned violent, rioting and looting.
“The thoughtful emails, remarks and feedback from our residents as they express their views have been great. Stories of our officers talking to residents and sharing experiences have been equally heartwarming.
“In Escondido, our Police Department is always prepared to protect the community from violent protestors. At the same time, you can also see them talking with people, expressing unity, and even passing out lollipops and stickers to children in the area. The outcome is a great example of what community policing is all about. Residents have been equally amazing—we have experienced several examples of peaceful protestors helping to maintain order and confronting others who wanted to engage in disruptive behavior.
“It’s all proof that everyone can make a difference when a community comes together. Keep up the great dialogue, Escondido!”