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NAACP 'building relationships' with local law enforcement

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding a discussion panel this Monday, February 18th.

Posted: Feb 13, 2019 11:21 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People invites everyone to build relationships with local law enforcement. The organization is holding a discussion panel this Monday, February 18th. 

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Bob Goldsmith, Lafayette, West Lafayette and Purdue police departments will be present, among other forces. 

During the panel, officers will discuss current issues with guests and also answer questions.

The goal is to develop a healthy relationship between community members and police officers.

The Lafayette-West Lafayette chapter of NAACP is the first chapter to host an event like this.

"How do we make the state of Indiana a better and friendlier community? We need to bridge the gap and have those conversations with our community," said NAACP Branch President Sadie Harper-Scott. 

Harper-Scott said it's all about bridging the gap.

"We want to be able to have that voice to call our police chiefs [and] our law enforcement so that we can have that conversation to make sure that what we are doing that is working for our community." 

The event starts at 6 P.M. at the Tippecanoe County Library in Downtown Lafayette. Harper-Scott told News 18 the NAACP is already planning a follow-up to the panel.

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