The tumultuous relationship between law enforcement and the community has been a focal point in the media in the last few months.
In an attempt to foster positive dialogue, Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Men’s Center invites everyone to attend its first Community in Unity Panel on Monday, Sept. 12. The free event will be held in the college’s Student Conference Center (SCC) from 7-9 p.m. Law enforcement officers will address various topics with students, employees and the public.
“We want all participants and attendees to discuss ideas and achieve a greater understanding of multiple points of view,” said Al Dorsey, Men’s Center director.
The panel discussion, sparked by LSC-Kingwood police officers, will focus on controversial community policing events that have taken place in Texas, Louisiana, California and Minnesota. These incidents all raised concerns at the national level on how the police and the public relate to each other.
“This is an important and difficult conversation that simply must be had to help change and make positive the current national conversation and narrative around the public and policing in the urban centers and beyond. James Baldwin said, ‘you can’t fix what you won’t face’,” said Dr. Darrin Rankin, vice president of student success. “As a community, we must engage each other in meaningful and constructive dialogue so that together we can come up with sustainable and creative solutions to these issues. The number one problem in this national crisis is a real lack of communication and understanding between varied groups with varied perceptions of reality.”
Currently, the law enforcement agencies that have confirmed their participation are Houston Police Department, Harris County Sherriff’s Office, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, Prairie View A&M University Police Department and Lone Star College Police Department. More agencies are scheduled to participate in the discussion.
“We want courageous conversation. We want to have a free and open discussion about whatever the community wants to talk about,” Rankin said. “As the moderator, I want us to boldly discuss even the most sensitive of issues around community policing so that we can achieve greater understanding, trust and lay the foundation for future positive dialogue as well.”
For more information on the Community in Unity Panel or on LSC-Kingwood’s Men’s Center, contact Al Dorsey at 281-318-4351 or Alfred.Dorsey@LoneStar.edu.
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