TPD holds third meeting to strengthen police and community relationships

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka police department is continuing efforts to reach out and strengthen relationships in the Topeka community.

Monday night they held their third 'Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships' meeting.

The meetings are intended to bridge the gap between the police – and the people who live in Topeka's many districts.

Unfortunately - no one from the district three community actually came Monday night.

But the meeting wasn’t wasted – district three Councilwoman Sylvia Ortiz and the SPCP members used the time to ask TPD Chief bill Cochran questions.

A big topic of discussion was how TPD is working to improve relations and communication with the Hispanic community in district three.

Ortiz says the most important thing is reminding people how important it is to actually come to meetings like these – and commit yourself to your community.

"Even though we didn't have a big turnout, I was grateful for the talk that we did have. Sometimes it's good to brainstorm, sometimes it's good to clarify, and it's always good just to communicate," she said.

The next traveling council session will be in district four, May 20th at the American Legion Post building on SE Michigan Ave.