I am greatly impressed with the professionalism and compassion of our local police departments. In the wake of the horrific shooting on Sunday at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, I thought Chief of Police Scott Smithee was a voice of assurance in the aftermath of this shocking event.
I have met in recent months with Fremont’s Chief of Police, Kimberly Petersen, as well as Jared Rinetti, Union City’s chief. Both individuals exemplify to me what we should expect from our officers: adherence to the highest standards of police conduct as well as responsiveness to the concerns of our diverse communities.
Temple Beth Torah has always maintained a positive relationship with local police. This past year, with the murders that took place in Pittsburgh and the shooting at the Chabad Center in Poway, Fremont police immediately increased their presence at our congregation.
Security is an ongoing concern at our synagogue – as it is for every congregation across the country. The challenge is how best to ensure everyone’s safety without creating an environment of fear and distrust.
The issue of security affects everyone at Temple Beth Torah. Fortunately, in twelve days, we will have the opportunity to have a communal discussion of this subject. Representatives from the Fremont Police Department will engage our membership in conversation on Wednesday evening, August 14, at 7:30pm. I encourage you to attend this important meeting.