South Georgia Local Government

Collaboration Seeks to Restore Relationship Between GCPD & the Black Community

The Glynn County Board of Commissioners and Community First Planning Commission (CFPC) said Saturday that an effort between the police department and one particular segment of the population is focused on improving the relationship between the two.

The Glynn County Board of Commissioners via the Community First Planning Commission (CFPC) desire to ‘advance institutional actions that encourage systemic transformation’ within the Glynn County Police Department (GCPD), the county said this weekend.

From the news release:

To do so, the GCPD has committed to an ongoing, open dialogue with the Black community in an effort to ensure their concerns are heard and addressed on policing matters. Both units support the concept of equitable, community policing efforts and see this technique as a key component to restoring trust. Therefore, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners has pledged to include CFPC in the vetting process for the new Glynn County Chief of Police.

“This effort between the Glynn County Board of Commissioners and Community First Planning Commission will be an ongoing collaboration that creates a balance that best serves the community,” stated Pastor Darren West who chairs the legal committee for CFPC.

After hearing and listening to the requests made by CFPC and others in the community, the Board decided to also include the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) in the selection process.

“Our meeting with members of Community First Planning Commission was productive and enlightening. I believe that we walked away agreeing that we all want the best for our community and for the police department. I look forward to continuing working with them and others to ensure that the police department is addressing concerns of the entire community,” stated Glynn County Commissioner David O’Quinn – Police Advisory Panel member.

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