The last of the four “Face-to-Face” meetings between police and city residents will take place Tuesday night in West Raleigh at the McKimmon Center on N.C. State University’s campus.
The meetings, orchestrated by Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, began Dec. 2 and have occurred at locations throughout the city with the goal of improving the department’s relationship with the community at large. Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
Deck-Brown describes the meetings as an opportunity for city residents to sit down with police officers to “ask questions and make suggestions about policing in the city.” Community members have also gained more information about police practices and programs as a result of the meetings, she said.
“The Face to Face meetings will give everyone a chance to have a conversation about ways the community and the police can work together to build an even stronger relationship,” Deck-Brown said in a statement Tuesday. “The meeting series is an essential piece that’s being added to our community involvement efforts.”
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Tuesday night’s meeting, like the sessions before, will be designed to allow residents and officers to interact in small groups, enabling everyone to participate. At the end of the small group discussions, “key questions and points” will be presented to the entire group and addressed by the chief.
Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the department has not yet determined when a report summarizing the meetings will be made public.