A Holden resident spent Friday morning studying extra about policing and strengthening race relationships.
HOLDEN, Maine — For the previous weeks, police and policing have been beneath the microscope throughout the nation.
Keith Witherspoon is an African American resident that has been residing in Holden for 20 years. Witherspoon is presently learning scientific psychological well being on-line. For considered one of his graduate programs last initiatives, he determined to take a more in-depth have a look at police tradition.
“I simply wish to get a perspective from a white police officer and a black man having a dialog..and if we do that on a nationwide foundation I feel issues are going to alter for the higher,” mentioned Witherspoon.
Witherspoon had a ride-along with Holden Police Chief Chris Greeley and had a Q&A with the chief on all the questions he had for his last venture.
He was capable of get a greater understanding of what police do, the challenges they face, and a typical day within the lifetime of an officer. Witherspoon was additionally there to construct a relationship along with his native police division.
“And that is a part of me coming down right here, I wish to present people who these women and men they’re human beings and so they’re good folks, and I simply wish to get a perspective from a white police officer and a black man having a dialog, and if we do that on a nationwide foundation, then I feel issues are going to alter for the higher,” mentioned Witherspoon.
Chief Greeley provides that it is rather necessary for his police division to have a constructive relationship and higher know the residents it serves and that he won’t ever tolerate any racist behaviors in his division.
“It is crucial no matter who they’re that they aren’t involved about our Police Division or any police division, they need to know that we’re there for them, and they need to by no means be afraid of us,” mentioned Chief Greeley.
Chief Greeley added necessary coaching within the Holden Police Division.
“All people undertakes an implicit bias coaching with regard to policing by the tip of this month,” mentioned Chief Greeley.
“Folks shouldn’t be involved with how we’re going to work together with them, that’s the reason we’re prepared to stroll right into a burning constructing for any individual or we’re prepared to stroll right into a harmful scenario and assist an entire stranger,” mentioned Chief Greeley.