Town Hall to Build Police/Community Relations

Lancaster City residents are invited to join community groups, the City of Lancaster and the Lancaster City Police Department for a town hall regarding police-community relationships on Thursday, August 23 at Bright Side Opportunities Center, 515 Hershey Ave. from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The forum, which will include round-table discussions for attendees, will be facilitated by Rev. Roland Forbes, senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Fran Rodriguez.

This is the first in a series of community input meetings regarding police-community relations planned by the Community Police Planning Group. The group was recently established to improve trust and cooperation between the police and the community.  

The Community Police Planning Group is made up of representatives from the City of Lancaster government, the Lancaster City Police Department, the Lancaster chapter of the NAACP, Crispus Attucks Community Center, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, the Lancaster faith community, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Department of Justice.

In additional to police-community relations, the Community Police Planning Group is addressing issues such as recruitment and hiring, use of force, and a body camera policy.