Police and Public to Discuss Concerns At Mid-Cape Forum

barnstable county symbolHYANNIS – Tension between communities and police continue to grow across the country and Cape Cod residents will have the chance to discuss concerns with law enforcement on Saturday.

A Mid-Cape Community/Police Forum presented by the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission will feature officers from Barnstable, Dennis and Yarmouth from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis.

“What we want to do is to build a bridge between the police officers and the community they serve before we’re in some sort of crisis,” said Elenita Muniz, the coordinator of the commission.

Muniz said the forum provides a supportive place for community members to have an honest discussion with local police officers.

“Every morning you wake and it’s worse,” she said.

The forum features a multicultural panel of officers, including Barnstable Police Officer Brian Morrison, who will answer questions about topics that include community policing and ways to support their work, along with racial profiling and dealing with racism on the Cape.

The forum grew out of a similar event held on the Lower Cape in Orleans.

“Some of our commissioners and town representatives wanted to expand it to the mid-Cape region,” Muniz said. “They’ve been discussing with the police chiefs in Dennis, Yarmouth and Barnstable, who have been very supportive of this event.”

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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