FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Michelle Chambers said the Commission on Police Reform and Racial Justice will be focused on listening to the concerns of the community before taking action.
“The first couple meetings are really going to be about learning how we can get a full understanding on how the police department and police officers do their job,” Chambers said. “Also how we can incorporate that into community policing, as well as being attentive.”
The first meeting on July 14 featured presentations from the protest groups FIRM and ChangeMakers, as well as a presentation from the Fort Wayne Police Departmnet on how they feel FWPD is complying with the 8 Can’t Wait police reform initiative.
“Maybe we will just have to get better at messaging on what we actually do here as a police department,” said FWPD Public Information Officer Sofia Rosales-Scatena, . “So that people get a better feel on what we are doing in Fort Wayne and how every police department is different in how they train and the topics they train on.”
Chambers said each member of the commission will be enrolling in training to emulate what it is like to be a FWPD officer for a day.
“We are going to continue this momentum because the players at the table are ready with ideas,” Chambers said. “They have different perspectives that possibly we don't see as a police officer or as a councilwoman.”
Chambers said the goal of the commission is two meet every two weeks moving forward.
Community members can voice their concerns and hopes for the Commission on Police Reform and Racial Justice by clicking here.