Raleigh police to hold ‘Face to Face’ meetings with city residents

The city’s police chief hopes that a series of meetings with residents starting next month will lead to more effective policing throughout the city’s neighborhoods.

Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown has announced four planned “Face to Face” meetings that will give residents the opportunity to sit down with police officers to ask questions and make suggestions about policing in the city.

“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. “The meeting series is an essential piece that’s being added to our community involvement efforts.”

The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the following places:

▪ Dec. 2, North Raleigh Hilton, 3415 Wake Forest Road

▪ Dec. 7, Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree, 3912 Arrow Dr.

▪ Dec. 15, Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury St.

▪ Jan. 5, McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St.

The meetings will be structured so residents and officers will have time to interact in small groups before Deck-Brown addresses the entire gathering. The meeting will be facilitated by Andrew Sachs, who runs the Public Disputes Program at the Dispute Settlement Center, a non-profit agency in Carrboro.

The police department will produce a report summarizing what it heard from residents at the meetings as well as presenting ideas for acting on it.