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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

To Protect and Serve: Community/Police Relations in Northern Kentucky

Chief Mike Daly. FTM file. 
COVINGTON, KY – What does a healthy community/police relationship look like?  How healthy are the communities of Northern Kentucky?  These are some of the questions that will be asked as the Northern Kentucky Forum hosts an event on April 16 at the Joseph U. Meyer Center for Workforce Development in Covington, KY.

A panel of experts from across the spectrum will examine these questions in a deep dialogue about where we have been, where we are now, and where we want to go. 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. Join us for this important community discussion, made more relevant by the events in Ferguson, MO.

“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.

Panelists will include:

Chief of Police, Cincinnati, Jeffrey Blackwell
Chief of Police, Covington, Col. Michael “Spike” Jones
Retired Assistant Newport Police Chief, Lt. Col. Robert McCray
President, Northern Kentucky NAACP, Jerome Bowles

The event will be moderated by Dr. Ericka King-Betts, Executive Director for the Cincinnati Human Rights Commission.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Joseph U Meyer Center for Workforce Development 1324-1414 Madison Ave., Covington
Admission: This event is FREE and open to the public.
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Next Forum Event
Join us again on Friday, May 22 at The Gruff in Covington at 9:00 a.m. where we will host a conversation with Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce CEO, Trey Grayson as he discusses the primary election and talks shares his insights on the upcoming general election.  Networking begins at 8:30 a.m. 

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision 2015 and Legacy - three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy in locations across Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties. Forum events are free and the Northern Kentucky community as a whole.

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