In response to numerous calls for more transparency from police, Peterborough town officials plan to hold a “Listening Session on Policing and Racial Justice” Tuesday evening.
“The recent incidents of racial violence in our country have given rise to protests demanding equal justice for people of color in communities across the globe. Hundreds of Peterborough residents have joined protests for the last several weeks and dozens have signed their names to a letter earlier this month, asking for more transparency in our policing. Calls have also been made for an examination of the role of local police departments, and the reallocation of funds that more appropriately address community mental health needs that are often at the heart of calls for help,” Peterborough town officials said in a press release Friday.
The listening session is an opportunity for town officials “To hear from the community and inform a thoughtful response going forward,” the press release said.
The “Community Listening Session” is planned to take place Tuesday, June 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm. over Zoom. “Those interested in participating can log in to the meeting using the video conferencing app Zoom or by telephone. The session will be live-streamed on Facebook and on Channel 22,” the press release said.
Selectwoman Karen Hatcher and Deputy Town Administrator Nicole MacStay will facilitate the listening session, which will also include Peterborough Chief Scott Guinardand Peterborough Fire and Rescue Chief Ed Walker.
“The information gathered during this session will be used to help prioritize a coordinated effort to address concerns,” the press release said.
To participate go to www.zoom.us or dial 929-205-6099. The webinar ID is 811 4214 6933. During the forum, callers will be able to press *9 to comment or ask questions, the press release said. The Zoom users can use the “raise your hand” feature to indicate a desire to speak to the host. Town officials are also taking questions and comments ahead of the session via email: email@example.com.