The Statesboro Police Department will hold a town hall community forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Emma Kelly Theater, giving residents a chance to talk directly with the department’s command staff.
This event, expected to last about two hours, is one of several ways Statesboro police are aiming to build their relationships with the community in 2015. Later programs will be directed at Georgia Southern University students and school-age youth.
The announced panel for Tuesday’s forum consists of city Public Safety Director Wendell Turner, police Maj. Scott Brunson, Patrol Capt. Charles Forney, Detective Lt. Rob Bryan and Training Lt. Kaleb Moore.
They will start with a short presentation highlighting recent crime trends, departmental goals and objectives and community outreach programs. The floor will then be open for questions, concerns and comments from the public.
“The concept of a community forum is directly in line with the Statesboro Police Department’s mission of partnering with the citizens of Statesboro to create a better quality of life,” states an SPD news release.
Beyond Tuesday, a Georgia Southern-Statesboro Public Safety Field Day is slated for April 25, from 1-5 p.m. at Georgia Southern University’s Recreation Activity Center pavilion, Turner informed City Council last week.
Turner also announced that Georgia Southern senior Sheila Francois is serving as the Statesboro Police Department public relations liaison to university students under a new program that has been about six months in development.
“She’s already doing great things, opening up lines of communication with the student body, which we feel like is very, very critical,” Turner said.
Francois, who helped organize previous on-campus forums as a student leader, is planning the field day. Student organizations will compete with various public safety teams in field day challenges, according to an SPD press release.
Meanwhile, the department is planning a Youth Citizens Police Academy for middle school and high school students, in cooperation with the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County, Cpl. Justin Samples, the SPD’s public information officer, confirmed Friday.