Constituent Newsletter

More Police-Community Engagement

January 29, 2017

Dear Constituent:

Community Engagement with Columbia Police Department

Tomorrow evening from 6:00-8:00 pm, City Manager Mike Matthes and Columbia Police Department (CPD) Chief Ken Burton will host a Town Hall Meeting in conference room 1A/1B inside City Hall, 701 E. Broadway.

The purpose of this meeting is to create an opportunity for residents to share their experiences of policing in Columbia, and to promote an exchange of ideas that will lead to positive change. It is the fourth in a series of outreach efforts - the City Manager and Police Chief have already held discussions with Race Matters, Friends, Minority Men's Network, and Empower Missouri, and a meeting with the local NAACP will take place in the near future.

I believe that these meetings represent a good step in the right direction towards developing a better understanding and improving communication between police professionals and the public. The meetings which have been held so far have led to CPD adopting an improved “Search Consent Policy” and have generated other good ideas and insights.

Following tomorrow’s meeting, City Council will discuss next steps in our ongoing effort to improve public safety and police-community trust. These may include CPD, Council members, and community stakeholders collaborating in the planning/design of an engagement event that explores CPD’s staffing shortage and the philosophy of community-oriented policing.

Please let me know whether you support this strategy.

The RISE: Leadership Development for Professionals of Color

Starting next month, Diversity Awareness Partners (DAP), with support from Shelter Insurance Companies, Veterans United Home Loans, and Commerce Bank, will present a leadership development program for professionals of color.

There will be six sessions:

  • Thursday, February 16th (3-6pm): Communication & Code Switching
  • Thursday, April 27th (4-6pm): Personality & Leadership
  • Thursday, June 15th (4-6pm): Cultural Competence
  • Thursday, August 10th (4-6pm): Hot Button Issues
  • Thursday, October 19th (4-6pm): Mentoring & Networking
  • Thursday, December 7th (4-6pm): Networking Mixer

Participation costs $50 per session and limited scholarships are available. More information at Diversity Awareness Partners.

Stewart Road Traffic Calming Project

On Wednesday, February 8th, Columbia Public Works will host an Open House informational meeting related to the Stewart Road traffic calming project. The purpose of the meeting, which will be held in the Daniel Boone Regional Library “Friends Room” from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, is to solicit public feedback on preliminary traffic calming concepts for Stewart Road.

Constituent Conversations

Finally, next month’s Constituent Conversations will be on February 5th and 19th, 2-4pm at Dunn Brothers Coffee.

Cheers, Ian