Tualatin hosts three police use-of-force policy sessions
In light of police use-of-force policies topping the news throughout the nation over the last seven months, Tualatin will host three community conversations on the topic beginning Wednesday, Oct. 14, and continuing Nov. 18 and Dec. 9.
The sessions will all be held virtually through the Zoom video platform with the first set from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
That session will be mainly informational, according to Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik, with residents hearing from Tualatin Chief Bill Steele what the current use of force policies are in the Tualatin Police Department.
Although a recent community survey largely showed support for Tualatin police, Bubenik said the city wants to hear from even a broader portion of the community and while it would be ideal if residents can attend all three sessions, they are not obligated to do so.
"I mean, you can pop in to one or two, whatever your time allows because we want the broadest swath of opinion and experience because one person's experience is not another person's experience obviously with Tualatin police," he said. "There might be folks who are experiencing things totally different than I am and other folks that we want to know about."
All three sessions will be translated into Spanish as well, and all sessions will be recorded in case citizens can't make the initial meetings.
In addition to use-of-force policies, Bubenik said the first session will provide a link to allow people to review the actual policy as well as a link to the Tualatin Police Department's union contract.
Meanwhile, the Nov. 18 session will be a question and answer session with staff and police personnel.
"In the third session, it's a review of the Q-and-A and the policy and community feedback," said Bubenik.
That includes the "lived experiences of community members interacting with the police," according to the city's online description of the session.
Depending on how many people attend, it might include breaking up and having small group discussions via Zoom, Bubenik said.
"We want to be able to give people time to talk," said Bubenik.
Notes from all the discussions will be presented to the Tualatin City Council once all three sessions have concluded to "see what changes we might need to make," Bubenik said.
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