The City of Salisbury is pleased to announce that the City’s Criminal Justice Reform Task Force held its first meeting last week in order to set goals, agree on policies for the Task Force’s recommendations, and to learn more about the structure of the Salisbury Police Department, its operations, and its commitment to community policing.
This meeting also served to lay the foundation upon which the Task Force will work on its ultimate goal of building a stronger sense of trust and understanding between the Salisbury community and their police department.
Representatives from the City of Salisbury, Salisbury Police Department, Tri-Community Mediation, and members of the Task Force were in attendance. The City is proud to announce the following individuals as members of the Criminal Justice Reform Task Force: Travon Miles, Schellee Gonzalez, KalaFarrare, Kevin Whittington, Heather Collins, Ciara Cooks, Eileen Johnson, William Harden, Danielle Thomas, Kendra Hayward, James Holbrook, Tammy Carey, Wesley Moore, Keith Myer, Joseph Pryor, Heather Johnson, Randall Cone, Eddie Harmon, Christopher Carter, Kevaudria Armstead, and Anthony Darby.
Acting in an advisory capacity, members of the Task Force will serve to foster relationships amongst community members and law enforcement by helping to ensure that law enforcement remains receptive to the concerns of the citizens they serve and protect. Upon review of many protocols and policies, implemented by law enforcement agencies which protect, serve, and defend the citizens of Wicomico County, members of the Task Force will make policy and procedural recommendations to the Mayor and Chief of Police.
“SPD is eager to work with the task force to help them better understand our procedures and operations, as well as to listen to their concerns, consider their recommendations, and to build trust between our department and the members of the community in which we proudly serve,” said Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan.
The Criminal Justice Reform Task Force convenes via Zoom on the second Wednesday of each month and all meetings are open to the public. Please refer to the Task Force’s page on the City’s website for meeting dates and the Zoom meeting link.
“We have a lot of ground to cover in just one year, but the events that have occurred nationwide over the past few months make the urgency of the work this task force is doing even more apparent,” shared City Administrator Julia Glanz. “I have great confidence in the extremely dedicated group of people who have stepped up to represent our community on the Criminal Justice Reform Task Force and I look forward to working with them,” she added.
For more information about the Task Force, to view meeting minutes, and to get the link to attend meetings, visit https://bit.ly/3kIY0Kr