Policy Chats
Policy Chats
Nov 23, 2021
The Challenges of Policing (with Sergio Diaz)
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In this episode, Former Riverside Chief of Police Sergio Diaz talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the challenges of policing.

About Sergio Diaz:

Sergio G. Diaz was the chief of police for the city of Riverside, California between July 1, 2010, and September 19, 2019. Prior to joining the Riverside Police Department, Sergio was a police officer in the city of Los Angeles for 33 years, retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief in 2010.

Learn more about Sergio Diaz via https://presleycenter.ucr.edu/about/people#external_relations_directors

Podcast Highlights:

“Policing is one of those professions where people believe that they know what's involved.”

-       Sergio Diaz on the topic of the misconceptions that exist on policing. 

“But what we can all do to be safer is to invest more and better in our children.”

-       Sergio Diaz on the topic of crime prevention. 

“The best thing you can do to encourage good policing is to refrain from encouraging bad policing.”

-       Sergio Diaz on the challenges involved in creating safe communities and how police can improve.


Sergio Diaz (External Relations Director and Former Chief of Police)


Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

Zeno Marganian (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)

Music by:

C Codaine



Upbeat Emotive by Fretbound


Video Link: https://youtu.be/F_8EMeRnd40

Commercial Links:


Commercial Credits: Eboni Odior, Johanna Arias, 

This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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