Aragon PD to hold com­mu­nity meet­ing

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1­[email protected]­hoo.com

The Aragon Po­lice Depart­ment wishes to in­vite lo­cal res­i­dents to an evening of in­for­ma­tion and trans­parency with their first inaugural Town Hall Meet­ing.

The meet­ing set to be held on May 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Aragon City Hall will give ci­ti­zens the op­por­tu­nity to talk to of­fi­cers and hear about re­cent ef­forts by the depart­ment to re­duce crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity within the city.

Chief Paul Maz­zuca and a few of his of­fi­cers will be present to take ques­tions and share de­tails about what all the depart­ment pro­vides, in­for­ma­tion about on­line re­sources, crime and safety data, and much more.

“This is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether with the Aragon Po­lice Depart­ment and ask ques­tions to bridge the re­la­tion­ship,” Of­fi­cer Chris­tian Cruz said. “We’re go­ing to talk about com­mu­nity polic­ing, proac­tive polic­ing, dif­fer­ent pro­grams we’re apart of, and more.”

The group is look­ing to of­fer trans­parency in their op­er­a­tions, so as long as no con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion is re­quested, there will be no ques­tion off lim­its.

“No lim­its at all,” Cruz said. “We en­cour­age the pub­lic to come out, ask ques­tions, and clear the air. We hope to build a bet­ter part­ner­ship. Don’t be on the fence. We en­cour­age you to come out be­cause we can’t solve prob­lems we don’t know about.”

Those who can’t at­tend the May 9 meet­ing can still look for­ward to fu­ture Town Hall Meet­ings.

Cruz said that they were try­ing to host the meet­ings ei­ther an­nu­ally or bi-monthly. Some re­fresh­ments may also be pre­pared for those in­ter­ested.

The meet­ing comes on the heels of sev­eral re­cent drug ar­rests by the depart­ment and new per­son­nel join­ing the force in the past months. De­tails about the forth­com­ing meet­ing were shared dur­ing the April city coun­cil meet­ing held last Thurs­day.

Check back in May for more up­dates on the meet­ing and what the depart­ment shared. Find out more by call­ing City Hall at 770-684-6563.

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