Chief Navarro’s Statement in Response to Former SRPD Officer Felony Conviction:
On March 5, 2021, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office issued a news release regarding the arrest and conviction of former SRPD Officer Matthew Meloche.
Following the initial arrest of Matthew Meloche, he was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The Santa Rosa Police Department is prohibited by law from commenting on this personnel investigation. Matthew Meloche remained on administrative leave until his last day of employment at SRPD on December 22, 2020.
Matthew Meloche’s conduct does not meet the expectations and the core values of the Santa Rosa Police Department. I expect that all employees of the Santa Rosa Police Department will act respectfully and lawfully, both on-duty and in their personal lives.
- Chief Rainer Navarro
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