Forum on police-community relations set for Tuesday at DSU

DOVER — A Town Hall meeting on police-community relations in Kent County is scheduled for Tuesday night at Delaware State University.

The event, which will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the university’s Education and Humanities Building, will involve community stakeholders who will “help guide the conversation towards inclusion for all, cultural sensitivity, building better relationships and finding common ground,” according to a news release.

Law enforcement agencies, state legislators, First State Community Agency Action, Inc., and Delaware State University partnered to present the event.

Guest panelists include:

Col. Nathaniel McQueen, Delaware State Police Superintendent

Chief Paul Bernat, Dover Police Department

Chief Harry Downes, Jr., Delaware State University Police Department

Sen. Brian Bushweller

Rep. Lyndon Yearick

Bernice Edwards, First State Community Action Agency, Inc.

The Rev. Rita Paige, Star Hill AME Church

Pastor Lamont Pierce, New Life Christian Outreach

Governor Markell’s Office

Mayor Robin Christensen, Dover

Pastor Jim Dorton, Three Stones Church

Opening comments will be made by Don Blakey, a retired administrator, legislator, Caesar Rodney School District leader and Delaware State University Adjunct professor.

The event will be moderated by Bruce Wright, First State Community Action Agency, Inc. and Dr. Dorothy Dillard, Delaware State University.

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