ALTON — Police Chief Jake Simmons and other officers met Monday, Aug. 18, with Alton’s Coalition of Concerned Citizens to attempt to increase communication between the police department and the black community.
Among topics discussed were the development of a minority recruitment plan for new officers and communication expectations during crisis situations.
“I feel very strongly that open lines of communication are going to be instrumental in moving Alton safely into the future,” Simmons said in a press release. “We want our citizens to know that The Alton Police Department is here to protect them no matter their race, sex, national origin or religion. This meeting was just the beginning of that.”
A follow-up meeting will be held for community and church leaders at noon Monday, Sept. 8, at Monroe Memorial Church, 1823 Belle St. For information about the meeting, contact 4th Ward Alderwoman Alice Martin at (618) 462-5665.