‘I own my mistakes’: Chief Balderrama addresses ‘inappropriate out of order’ relationship | TuValleCentral.com

FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama sent a message to Fresno police officers, addressing their “inappropriate off-duty relationship” and asking for forgiveness from his team.

In the message, he says he met with command staff and professional personnel managers on Thursday before the city of Fresno sent out a press release about this incident on Friday to provide basic information and “ask for their forgiveness and support.”

In the message, he addresses his “off-kilter relationship,” saying he will “pay for those mistakes” and asking for forgiveness from his staff.

It is very true that there are two sides to every story, but I have no intention of justifying or defending myself regardless of unknown circumstances. My actions did not meet the standards of who I am as a man of faith, a husband, or a father. I own my mistakes, they are mine and mine alone to bear, and I will pay for those mistakes for the rest of my life.

I humbly come to you and ask for forgiveness as your leader, who clearly has flaws and imperfections. I realize that many of you may be upset and disappointed. I understand those feelings and I don’t blame you for it.

My family has been deeply affected by this and I humbly ask for your grace, discretion and understanding during this difficult time.

Chief Balderrama.

In a letter to its members, Fresno Police Officers Association (FPOA) President Brandon Wiemiller says union members “feel betrayed and trust has been lost” between them and Chief Balderrama.

The City of Fresno says Chief Balderrama will remain in his position and continue to serve as Chief of the Fresno Police Department while the investigation is ongoing.