Modesto police plan ‘town hall’ meetings

Bee Staff ReportsJanuary 15, 2014 

First it was “Coffee with a Cop.” Now, Modesto police are reaching out to residents on their home turf with a series of “town hall” meetings starting next week.

“The intent of these meetings is to foster an open dialogue regarding the top priorities our citizens would like to see from their police department and provide citizens feedback on public safety in our community,” the department said in a news release. “Information on strengthening our neighborhoods, neighborhood watch programs and volunteers will also be provided.”

Similar to the recent “Coffee with a Cop” morning gatherings at area restaurants, officials said they hope the meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss community issues and build relationships with the personnel working in their neighborhoods.

Chief Galen Carroll; Capts. Joel Broumas, Rick Armendariz and Andy Schlenker; lieutenants from each area; and other police staff will be available to talk with attendees. The meetings are as follows:

• Northeast Modesto, 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21, Father O’Hare Hall, St. Joseph’s Church, 1813 Oakdale Road

•  Southwest Modesto, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5, St. Stanislaus School community center, 1416 Maze Blvd.

• Northwest Modesto, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6, Big Valley Grace Community Church Venue Room, 4040 Tully Road

• Southeast Modesto, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11, Hughes Elementary School cafeteria, 512 N. McClure Road

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