January, 15, 2015
Columbus – Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) released the following statement regarding her appointment to the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations:
“Securing the community’s trust is critical to ensuring the success and effectiveness of local law enforcement. This Task Force will help foster an environment of mutual respect, allowing peace officers to build stronger bonds in the neighborhoods they serve. This translates into increased cooperation from community members in investigations and crime prevention activities. I am optimistic on the anticipated outcome of this task force, and am committed to devising constructive strategies that keep our communities safe.”
In the coming months, the Task Force will conduct at least four public forums throughout the state to gather input from all Ohioans, especially those in the communities at the heart of the crisis—the African American community— on ways foster better police and community relations.
The task force will hold its first public forum on January 20th, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland State University, Waetjen Auditorium, 2001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44115. The Task Force will listen to community advocates and solicit expert testimony in hopes of creating policy-based initiatives considered important such as: best community policing practices, law enforcement training, standards for law enforcement interaction with the community, racial profiling and involvement in law enforcement.
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