City of Baton Rouge hosting community conversations about policing

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On Friday, Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden announced that the City of Baton Rouge is hosting community conversations to discuss and review police policy. The event, formally known as CommUNITY Conversation, also plans to provide recommendations for a community action plan.

The discussions will be led and moderated by by Synthia Taylor, Regional Director for the Department of Justice Community Relations Service –Southwest Region.

Topics to be discussed include community policing, police accountability, body cameras, and police civil service rules.

Various aspects of the Baton Rouge Police Department will also be discussed such as the training, recruitment, and retention processes, as well as, residency requirements and pay incentives.

"This is an opportunity to enhance community relations and develop more resources as we strive to continue to improve community policing," said Mayor Holden. "We welcome the public's input on these very important topics.

The conversations will be held on November 1 and November 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the newly named Raising Cane's River Center, Exhibition Hall, meeting room 9.

Both community conversations are free and open to the public, although participants are encouraged to register at For more information, call (225) 389-3100.

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