Community relations with police prompted this panel of 17 experts – in their respective fields – to answer the call of mayor Andrew Ginther.
“We have faith leaders. We have law enforcement professionals we got neighborhood and community leaders. We want to do everything we can to help folks better understand the training and the work services the officers provide,’ said Ginther.
He says this also gives police a better understanding of how to help the community and improve community policing. They will also discuss how to improve recruitment.
This is all apart of the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission’s efforts. Leading the discussion is a consultant hired to break down a lot of the stats for the panel and help clearly explain to them the things that are working. For example, the department has training policies in place helping officers identify implicit bias. Chief Kim Jacobs thinks this is a good thing.
“My thing is. We’ve got a lot of ideas on how we can improve our own services but resources are sometimes limited,” said Chief Jacobs.
Chief Jacobs realizes some view the police in a negative light. Some for no reason at all others because of a negative exchange with an officer.
“Thought it was a good first meeting. No one wants to work beside a bad cop. If you got info about someone who’s done something wrong I expect you to call internal affairs and let us investigate that,” said Chief Jacobs.