Lewiston town hall meeting seeks to bridge gap between law enforcement and residents
LEWISTON (WGME) -- Members of the Lewiston community gathered with local police tonight for a town hall meeting specifically focused on bridging the gap between law enforcement and residents.
The meeting started at 5:30 at The Root Cellar. The Council for a Strong America is collaborating with law enforcement and local organizations to create a safe place for open dialogue with residents.
Police Training Institute will gather notes from tonight’s conversation to help prepare programs for area police and sheriff’s departments.
The focus is really on kids - talking about current issues the community is facing and how to diffuse racial and cultural conflicts/issues.
“Our youth engagement really allows young people to learn about bias and de-escalation and also interact with law enforcement so they have a better understanding of who they are and what they’re doing,” John Shanks, the director of Police Training Institute, said. “And how they feel about the importance of protection of the community.”