[image-1]As a part of the collaborative reform initiative with the North Charleston Police Department, the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is holding a community listening session Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Alfred Williams Community Center, 4401 Durant Ave. in North Charleston.

According to a statement released by the COPS Office, the goal of the listening sessions is to elicit feedback from the community on how North Charleston police can improve trust and build relationships with citizens.

The collaborative reform initiative is a voluntary assessment of the North Charleston Police Department. Over the next several months, the COPS Office and outside contractors will conduct interviews with officers, community leaders, and citizens. That information will be compiled and the office will prepare recommendations for improving police practices in the city. These findings and recommended changes will be released to the public following the initial assessment.

For more information on the COPS Office and the collaborative reform initiative, visit cops.usdoj.gov.