The St. Helens Police Department's latest effort to partner with the community is set for 7 p.m. on June 6, at the Columbia Center Auditorium, 375 S. 18th St. in St. Helens.
The St. Helens Police Department believes that a partnership with the community is essential in building and sustaining community trust, effective policing, and creating a safe community for everyone. To help build that partnership, residents are invited to the department's First Thursday program, which is a presentation and open discussion about officer interactions.
St. Helens Police Officers Kolten Edwards and Bryan Cutright are scheduled to talk about officer interactions during traffic stops, casual contacts, and calls for service. The two plan to share an officer's perspective of the types of safety concerns and other issues that police face when interacting with the community on a day-to-day basis.
This meeting is intended to be an open dialogue where attendees can ask questions and discuss their concerns.
First Thursday is a monthly community meeting with the St. Helens Police Department held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. A new topic is presented at each meeting by a police officer or police staff related to community safety, crime prevention, police services, or seasonal-specific safety information. After a brief presentation, participants have the opportunity to ask St. Helens officers questions, find out what’s happening in St. Helens neighborhoods, and discuss any topics of concern with fellow community members and police.
The goal of First Thursday is to bring the St. Helens community and local law enforcement together once a month for meaningful conversation about the community. The meetings are an opportunity to make connections in the community, not just between police officers and residents, but also between neighbors.
The vision of the St. Helens Police Department is to provide professional police services that will secure public trust and keep our neighborhoods safe and free of crime. Our mission is to work with all citizens to make our city a place where people live safely and to promote individual responsibility and community commitment.
For more information, contact St. Helens Police Communications Officer Crystal Farnsworth, at email@example.com, or 503-366-8215.