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Police Policy Oversight Commission to Hold Use of Force Policy Listening Session in Partnership with Diversity Council

Post Date:06/30/2020 6:34 AM

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the Rochester Police Policy Oversight Commission (PPOC), in partnership with the Diversity Council, will host a community listening session.  This session will be used to obtain input and feedback from residents on three use of force policies presently under review by the PPOC. Mayor Norton has tasked the PPOC to review the policies and be prepared to provide input at the PPOC meeting, which will be held virtually on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Mayor Kim Norton shares, “I want to stress the value of community input and engagement on this vitally important topic.  I appreciate the willingness of members of the PPOC to help Rochester fulfill the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance pledge to review, engage, report and reform our use of force policies in the months ahead.”

The listening session will be begin at 5:30 p.m. on July 1, 2020 and will conclude at 7:00 p.m. It will be conducted using Facebook Live.  Community members are encouraged to join via the Diversity Council Facebook page. Those without access to Facebook can join by phone by calling 507-218-7334.

There are three policies that are being reviewed. 

The session will be facilitated by the Diversity Council and moderated by Angi Porter.  Porter is an associate with the University of Minnesota’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.  She grew up in Rochester, MN and is a graduate of Century High School.  Porter completed her undergraduate and law degree at Howard University. 

Interested community members who are unable to attend may submit comments to Interim Commission Chair, Terre McJoynt, using an online email form on the RPD’s contact information web page.  The session will be recorded and available on the Diversity Council’s Facebook page.

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