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Hillsboro City Council is planning special meetings on two upcoming Saturdays to receive comments on police reform.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Imani Dorsey addresses a crowd during a protest Wednesday, June 17, at the Washington County Courthouse in Hillsboro.The Hillsboro City Council says "speak your mind," "share your experiences" and "offer your ideas" about police reform.

City leaders are planning to solicit comments at special council meetings as they review potential policing changes at the Hillsboro Police Department.

City officials have committed to reviewing police procedures and policies as they answer calls from residents urging police reform. For weeks following the killings of George Floyd and other people of color by police, people across the country have been demanding local governments adopt more equitable police policies and eliminate procedures that can lead police brutality.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, the City Council is holding a special meeting "to hear from as many Hillsboro voices as possible," the city announced Friday, July 17.

The next Saturday, Aug. 8, the city will hold two listening sessions, one in English and one in Spanish, to hear from those who wish to speak outside an official city meeting when comments are taken for the record.

The city plans to release more details about both meetings soon.

Additionally, officials reminded people they can comment during a couple of upcoming regular Tuesday council meetings on July 21 and Aug. 4.

People can sign up to comment by emailing their name, Zoom name and/or telephone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They can also sign up during the beginning of these online council meetings by texting the number on the screen.

Those who can't make the meetings but want to submit comments can submit recorded comments. Recorded comments can be submitted to ShareFile. After filling in a name and email, select "city recorder" and upload the file.

Top police officials met with city councilors on June 16 to discuss current policies and procedures ahead of possible changes.

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