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Tallahassee Police Department To Form New Advisory Group

Newly named police chief Lawrence Revell talks with community members during a meet and greet.
Regan McCarthy

Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell is putting together what he’s calling a Citizens Advisory Committee. The goal of the committee is to provide ideas, programs and feedback to help TPD improve its relationship with community members.

An advisory committee like the one Revell is proposing has long been in demand. The police chief has said one of his priorities is to strengthen communication and trust between law enforcement and city residents.

TPD Spokeswoman Rachelle Denmark says the group will be diverse.

“It’s going to give us more of that bridge building between the community and the police department,” Denmark told WFSU, “where we have citizen input from the areas that they live and the problems that they’re having and enable us to really work with them.”

Applications for the committee are open through February 10. They’re available online or at TPD’s headquarters.

“We have to make our community feel safe in coming forward” Chief Revell said in a statement. TPD is inviting citizens to a community meeting this Thursday, January 30 at Sue McCollum Community Center from 6-8 p.m. to learn more about the committee.

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