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Columbia Co. Police Reform Panel established

Oct 20, 2020 3:45 pm
The Columbia Paper is reporting Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell October 13, announced the formation of the county’s Police Reform Panel. The panel was established to conform with a June state executive order requiring local governments to conduct a comprehensive reviews of their current police force deployment strategies, policies, procedures and practices, and developing an improvement plan to address community needs. Thirty-one Columbia County residents were chosen out of more than 60 applicants to make up the Community Input Panel. The panelists will work with Newell Eaton of Integrative Leadership Practices, a professional facilitator with more than 40 years experience. The panel meetings will held in groups of 10, at 6 p.m. on Tue., Oct. 20, Thu., Nov. 5, and Fri., Nov. 13. Those meetings will be live-streamed and available to the public. A website has been developed to include a calendar and timeline of progress, links to meetings and meeting minutes and other materials. Once the Community Input Panel has completed its findings, the Law Enforcement/Elected Officials Panel will meet to review the results and formulate a plan of action. That plan will then go to a Plan Review Committee. That committee will then formulate a plan of action and hold a public hearing for community input. Read more in The Columbia Paper.
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