HACKENSACK, NJ -- In an effort to improve police-community relations, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office (BCPO) is organizing a town hall-styled community forum for residents to express their feelings and hear from the perspective of law enforcement officers. The meeting will take place Tuesday, May 22nd from 6:00 - 8:00pm in the 1st Floor Conference Center at 2 Bergen Plaza, Hackensack. Parking in the two County parking garages will be free for participants.
"These meetings are meant to bring the community together for frank discussions of tough issues and for community law enforcement to be as transparent as possible with community members," said Acting Prosecutor Denis Calo in a written statement.
This forum was also lobbied for by New Jersey Attorney General and former Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal who said in the statement "strengthening police-community relations in New Jersey is one of my top priorities."
According to Gurbir, the program is part of a statewide initiative to strengthen the bonds between law enforcement and local communities to encourage dialogue on critical issues and build trust on both sides.
A similarly styled community forum will be held quarterly, with a to-be-determined Summer meeting focusing on Opioids in the community, a Fall meeting on Immigration Enforcement, and a Winter meeting on Bias Crimes. TAPinto Hackensack will post information on these future meetings when it becomes available.