District 2 Newsletter
Recently I attended an all day forum sponsored by the City of Galveston, the Galveston Independent School District, the Galveston Police Department and facilitated by the Department of Justice. The goal of the forum was to develop a plan to strengthen Police and Community Partnerships.
The attendees represented the many diversified segments of our community and throughout the day the participants divided into different study groups to identify the strengths and weaknesses of Police - Community relationships, to make recommendations for improvement and develop an implementation plan to make the recommendations a reality.
The discussion was lively and at times very frank but always respectful.
Strengths were many and included the identification of Police Officers as dedicated, hardworking and respectful of the community. One common strength that was identified by almost all of the participants was the support and respect that the community has for our Police Chief, Vernon Hale, and the positive impact that the Citizens Police Academy has on our community.
Weaknesses that were identified included the need for better communication between the Police, City Management and the Community. Concerns such as the retention of officers and the need to determine the adequate number of officers, taking into consideration available funding, were identified. The desire to have improved resources for individuals with mental health concerns was also part of the discussion.
The findings and an action plan for implementation will be presented to the City, UTMB and other organizations soon to better our community.
For me the Forum was not only educational but also inspiring. It confirmed what I think we all realize and that is that we live in a very diversified community that is respectful of each other and is always striving to make things better for us all.
Angela and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays filled with wonderful Partnerships !