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DENTON, TX, July 17, 2020 – The Use-of-Force Ad Hoc Committee will host its first public input session at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. During the virtual session, community members are welcome to share their input by phone or online comment form.
Community engagement is a key component of Mayor Chris Watts’ pledge to “Commit to Action,” a national initiative led by former President Barack Obama and the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. The upcoming session is an opportunity for residents to share their diverse experiences and stories as the Use-of-Force Ad Hoc Committee reviews Denton Police Department policies, practices, and training. Community input will be included in the Committee’s report of findings and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.
By phone, citizens wishing to speak to the Committee may call (940) 349-7800 beginning 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. When the call is initially received, a staff member will receive the caller’s information and either: 1) offer to call the citizen back when it is time for them to speak, or 2) record the caller’s information and comment to be shared with the Committee electronically via a written report. If the caller wishes to receive a call back and speak to the Committee, the voice of each caller will be broadcast into the meeting during the public commenting time. Each caller will have four minutes to speak. Callers utilizing a Spanish interpreter will be allotted a total of eight minutes.
Online, visit www.cityofdenton.com/uofcommittee and submit a form. All comments received by 4 p.m. Thursday, July 23 will be provided to Committee members prior to the start of the meeting. Any comments entered after 4 p.m. will be provided to Committee members prior to the next public input session. The Chair will announce the number of comments submitted, but comments will not be read aloud during the meeting. Comments will be public record.
Individuals will only be able to comment once, no matter the method. Details on the next public input session will be released next month. For more information about the Committee, visit www.cityofdenton.com/uofcommittee.
Contact: Amy Cunningham, (940) 349-8558, DentonPD.MediaRelations@cityofdenton.com