Missouri attorney general holds representative policing roundtable at UMSL
Seeking to increase respect and improve communication between police and the people they serve, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster assembled a roundtable of notable St. Louis-area leaders. Participants in the public session included St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, state senators and area police chiefs, NAACP branch presidents and Dan Isom, a University of Missouri–St. Louis criminologist and director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
A press release issued by the attorney general’s office said the policing roundtable was to serve as a way to publicly “discuss possible solutions to the challenges of low minority participation in Missouri’s urban law enforcement agencies.” The discussion was held Oct. 1 at UMSL with a second to take place Oct. 14 in Kansas City, Missouri.
“It is important to identify challenges faced by law enforcement agencies seeking to diversify, as well as barriers experienced by young adults considering law enforcement as a career to benefit their communities,” Koster said in the statement. “This is one way the frustration expressed on the streets of Ferguson can bring positive change in the policing of our urban communities.”
Visit the attorney general’s website to submit discussion ideas for the Kansas City roundtable on representative policing.
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