TPD partners with community leadership program in an effort to further open communications with the public

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka Police Department is partnering with a community leadership program in an effort to further open communications with the public.

This new initiative fits under the umbrella of TPD's Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships program, which is meant to bridge a gap sometimes created in major police-involved incidents, like the Dominique White case.

"We learned a lot of lessons in that incident, and I think we've made a lot of progress with our community partners and the citizens of Topeka, so this program here is just another way to get more people involved from all cross sections of the community."

Around the same time the SPCP was developed, Cain Davis began developing a program of his own through his strategic leadership academy- a program that would add to existing community involvement.

The difference between this initiative and others is when it would be used.

During those major police-involved incidents, Chief Cochran said communication can sometimes be difficult, and trust breaks down.

"The hopes are that we get a core group of individuals together that when a critical incident happens involving the police department or law enforcement at the peak of Shawnee County. We have a group of individuals that can help go to the public and say hey, let's stay calm let the processes work. Let's work together."