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Jul 7, 2016

Local Media and Police Department Hold Roundtable

Chester Williams

This morning, representatives from various media houses converged at the Eastern Division South Headquarters on Raccoon Street to participate in a special intervention with the police department.  The purpose of the workshop was for us out to put on the table concerns that have arisen as a result of recent friction with the brass of the Eastern Division South.  After several hours of hashing out professional differences, we can report that there has been a positive change in attitude and approach toward working with each other.

 

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“I must say that I am very grateful for the attendance at the workshop today with the different media houses; I think it is the way to go that when we have issues we bring it to the table and discuss it and we see how we can arrive at solutions to address those issues. When we have personality clashing and personality issues and we are out there making statements against each other, it does not help us. So I think that the workshop was the right way to address the issues and I think that each media house was able to put their issue on the table and it wasn’t a situation where anybody dictates, but we discuss together and we arrive at amicable solutions for us to be able to move forward and I am very optimistic that the relationship between us and the media will only continue to grow. I also believe that the media has a role to play in society and we the police must also be able to facilitate the media playing that role where getting information out to the public is concerned.”

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