Yesterday morning my day started out early, working with neighborhood volunteers to help clean up a couple of the city’s smaller parks. As these residents made quick work of the job at hand, I took great pride in the community spirit demonstrated.
As you can imagine, my day ended quite differently. Though I stand with those who are outraged by the acts of racism that have taken place in our country and have chosen to peaceable protest, I was disheartened with the acts of criminal violence that took place in our State last night.
Yesterday afternoon, as protests turned to rioting, West Jordan Police Chief Ken Wallentine and I acted swiftly to offer Salt Lake City support in their time of need. Last night our officers served as backup, acting as rescue teams, for those suffering from acts of violence. I am grateful to them for heeding the call to assist their peers, the respectful manner they showcased in working with the public and their continued dedication to doing the right thing.
In addition to offering service to our neighbors in Salt Lake, we stepped up operations in our own city that will continue through the remainder of the weekend, to ensure a strong police presence should need arise.
I am appalled at how officers in other areas have acted out. Actions such as those have not, nor will they be, tolerated in the City of West Jordan. We are fortunate to have intelligent, well-trained officers in our city. I hope you will continue to join with me in support of their hard work and efforts.
Earlier this evening Chief Wallentine shared the following statement regarding the West Jordan Police Department. I stand by his words and hope you will take the time to read them.
-- Mayor Dirk Burton
To read a statement from WJPD Chief Ken Wallentine, click here.
To read a joint statement from the City of West Jordan and surrounding cities, who offered help to SLCPD over the weekend during the protests, click here.