In conjunction with the Psi Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, The Dover Police Department, along with the Social Justice Committee of Whatcoat United Methodist Church, the Social Actions Committee of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Dover, the Delaware Chapter of NOBLEE (National Organization Of Black Law Enforcement Executives), and members of the New Castle County, Wilmington, and Delaware State Police Departments will hold an open community forum to address relations between the police and the community. The purpose of the forum is to foster dialogue and challenge those who attend to create solutions to a variety of issues in various communities and develop ways to improve the relationship between police and the public they serve.
Goals of the forum include to teach attendees how to best handle situations involving the police, challenge attendees to take active roles in their communities to resolve issues by cooperating with police investigation, forming/joining neighborhood watch programs, youth groups, and more. There will be a panel of experts that includes community leaders, students, and law enforcement professionals to answer questions from multiple perspectives.
Other questions the forum intends to address include, but are not limited to:
- What barriers exist between police and the community, and how can they be eliminated?
- What issues are youth facing? How can the police and the community target youth with prevention programs and gain their cooperation?
The forum is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 6th from 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Whatcoat United Methodist Church, located at 341 Saulsbury Road, Dover, DE 19904 and is open to the general public.