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Improving Community Relationships with the Police


On The Point, we discuss efforts to improve relations and open dialogue between the community and police. The high profile police related deaths of unarmed black men in the U.S. has sparked protests and widened a rift between communities of color and the police. The Cape and Islands is not immune to these issues; there are many living here who fear the police because of the color of their skin. There are others who fear police might uncover their immigration status, and some whose struggles with addiction or mental illness make them fearful of police. What can be done to improve the relations with the police in our community? Mindy Todd hosts the discussion.

Guests on the program are: George Kelling, a social scientist who co- developed the Broken Windows theory of Policing; Reverend Pancheta Peterson, retired community minister and member of the Martin Luther King Action Team of Nauset Interfaith Association; Mark Pawlina, Chief of the Chatham Police Department; and Darren K. Stocker, Associate Professor at Cape Cod Community College Criminal Justice. A Community Forum on Policing and Race Relations will take place on Wednesday, October 18th, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham, with Reverend Brian W. McGurk and Chatham Chief of Police Mark Pawlina. Also, click here for information about a community forum event at the Federated Church in Orleans.


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Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.