The yearlong search for a new Phoenix police chief has yielded the first top officer in at least a generation to be hired from outside the city’s police force, reports the Arizona Republic. Daniel Garcia, 56, an assistant chief in Dallas, will take over the department in the wake of a series of high-profile incidents that spurred community uproar in recent years. Garcia highlighted his background in community policing. “I want the community to understand they have a voice with the new chief of police,” Garcia said yesterday.
The significance of Phoenix administrators’ picking an outsider to lead the agency was not lost on Joe Clure of a Phoenix police union. “You’d be kidding yourself if you think this isn’t a historic event,” Clure said. “I’ve been a police officer for 30 years and never seen us seriously entertain the thought of going outside of our ranks.” Garcia was among four finalists e search to replace Chief Jack Harris, who was forced out after a series of contentious issues. The others were Phoenix Assistant Police Chief Kevin Robinson, acting Phoenix Chief Joe Yahner and former San Jose Police Chief Robert Davis.