City Manager's Blog

May 19

[ARCHIVED] Forward Together - an engagement initiative on policing in Modesto (Featuring Mayor Sue Zwahlen)

The original item was published from May 19, 2021 1:33 PM to June 11, 2021 12:55 PM

Every Mayor runs on a platform. Mine was simple: I will help us find common ground.

That’s why I am proud to announce the launch of Forward Together, a community engagement process to solicit feedback on police-community relations. Please join my fellow Council members and me at a Listening Session on Saturday, May 22 starting at 10 am in-person at Council Chambers or online via Zoom. This is the first of many opportunities to share your thoughts and help shape the future of policing in Modesto.

It’s hard to understate the importance of trust as the core principle of our community’s sense of safety. Positive relationships between the Modesto Police Department and our residents are essential to build a city where everyone can feel safe and respected. Creating and strengthening this trust requires that we all come together, with an open mind, to talk about what’s working and what’s not. Division does nothing to further our city’s interests; this important work must be done together.

Saturday’s Listening Session is the first step in an ongoing engagement process to evaluate and improve policing in Modesto. We know that creating positive police-community relations requires ongoing work. As a Council, we’ve heard real concerns from the community. We must acknowledge the tragic events that have revitalized this discussion. It’s time for an honest dialogue. We believe that  strengthening community relations requires a shared understanding of the issues and collaborative development of solutions for Council consideration.

I hope you’ll join me by participating in Forward Together. Those two words are more than a name; it is how we progress as a community. By bringing together all Modesto voices, we can address real issues and define the path for our future.

Listening Session Details

Date: May 22
Start Time: 10 a.m.
Location: In-person attendance at City Council Chambers, 1010 10th St. (please remember in-person capacity of the Chamber and overflow room is approximately 30).

Join via Zoom:

  • Enter the following link into an Internet Browser
  • Enter the following link into an Internet Browser and using the Webinar ID 869 4597 0570
  • Passcode: 84326

 Join via Telephone:

If you don’t have a smart phone or computer to access the meeting via Zoom, you can participate by phone, by calling 1-877-853-5257 (Toll Free) or 1-888-475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter the Webinar ID 869 4597 0570 Passcode 84326

Participants are not expected to stay all day and are free to leave/log out as they wish.

End Time & Wrap-up: The event will include a debrief among Council members to recap what they heard. The wrap-up will take place immediately after public comments, but no later than 3:30 pm.

Other Option for Comment: If you cannot attend the event on May 22, please share your thoughts on policing via email at

Stay informed and follow the Forward Together initiative online at

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