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Local Chiefs to Discuss Community-Police Relations

The chiefs of the Cincinnati and Covington Police Departments will join a retired assistant chief from the Newport Police Department as well as the president of the Northern Kentucky chapter of the NAACP for a discussion of what a healthy community and police relationship looks like.

Northern Kentucky Forum will host To Protect & To Serve: Community/Police Relations in Northern Kentucky on April 16 at the Joseph U. Meyer Center for Workforce Development (Kentucky Career Center, 1324 Madison Ave, Covington).

The panel will consider such ongoing issues as minority profiling; whether local police departments are equipped to handle protests or “organized” disturbances; and what measures local police have enacted to build trust in the community.

“While police officers certainly have a responsibility to focus on ‘enforcement,’ they also should spend considerable time and energy on ‘engagement’…transparent and authentic community engagement,” said Jeffrey Blackwell, Cincinnati Chief of Police.

Blackwell will be joined on the panel by Covington Police Chief Spike Jones, retired assistant Newport Police Chief Robert McCray, and Northern Kentucky NAACP president Jerome Bowles. The event will be moderated by Dr. Ericka King-Betts, Executive Director for the Cincinnati Human Rights Commission.

The event runs from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Northern Kentucky Forum wants your participation in its pre-event survey: click here.

-Staff report