Law enforcement forum is Tuesday

Published 11:12 am Thursday, September 17, 2015

A community discussion on law enforcement is set for Tuesday at the Moton Museum in Farmville from 6-8 p.m.

“Local citizens, organizations and law enforcement officials from … Prince Edward County will be partnering to host a community discussion on local law enforcement policies and practices,” stated an event press release. “Community members are encouraged to attend to collaboratively discuss topics, such as diversity within area departments, police-community activities, law enforcement communication with the public and suggestions for improving the use of social media to connect with the community.”

According to the release, the discussion seeks to lead the way to actionable goals, such as increased diversity within local departments, more non-enforcement police-community activities, changes in the way departments communicate with the public, a community advisory committee and better use of technology and social media to connect with the community.

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Law enforcement officers from Prince Edward, Farmville, Longwood University, and Hampden-Sydney College have been invited to attend.

One of the goals of the forum, according to Longwood Professor Connie Koski, who is assisting in its organization, is “simply to open a line of communication between local law enforcement agencies and community residents here in Prince Edward County in a forum similar to that which is happening in communities all across the country recently.”

The forum will educate the citizenry on the positive things local law enforcement is currently doing, progress that has been made, “as well as having a proactive discussion regarding possible community concerns. …”

She said the forum would serve as a “positive, proactive effort to strengthen ties between the Prince Edward community and local residents, rather than holding such an event after something (potentially) takes place that poses the risk of deteriorating that relationship.”

The event is being sponsored by Taikein Cooper, Cooper4Progress and the Longwood University Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Studies.