November 10, 2015 > Union City Police Chief receives prestigious NAACP award
Union City Police Chief receives prestigious NAACP award
Submitted By Lauren Sugayan
The South Alameda County NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) recognized Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister as its 2015 Person of the Year at an award ceremony on Friday, November 6 at the Marriot Fremont Silicon Valley. The award, which is in its 37th year, recognizes individuals who have strengthened their communities through justice, trust, and collaboration. The South Alameda County NAACP has selected Chief McAllister for this prestigious award because of his profound impact on the southern Alameda County community over the course of his 34-year career in law enforcement.
Chief McAllister joined the South Alameda County NAACP, a local chapter of the national organization, in 1995 when he was a police sergeant at the Hayward Police Department. He saw the organization as a resource to help diversify law enforcement through what was then considered revolutionary recruitment, hiring practices, and cultural diversity training. He also saw the organization as a way to ensure the advancement, success, and justice of communities that are traditionally underserved or less fortunate, which is why he started mentoring youth in the organizationÕs Reality Mentor, Inc. program.
Twenty years later and now serving as Police Chief in Union City, McAllister has spurred record-high levels of community engagement initiatives that are widely popular among community members. His cornerstone to drawing a connection with the community is through the use of storytelling and direct access to him and other top Union City Police staff. Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci explains how Chief McAllisterÕs motto of Òevery contact countsÓ has precipitated an entire culture shift in the Union City Police Department.
ÒAs a first-time police chief in Union City, Chief McAllister is in a position to implement programs that he may have been thinking about for several years. The community loves his charisma, the fact that he is highly visible and accessible and that he works tirelessly to communicate his vision for UCPD. But, most of all, he exemplifies an attitude and leadership level that others can aspire to in their life and careers,Ó says Mayor Dutra-Vernaci.