Listening sessions set to mull La Crosse oversight on policing

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The La Crosse County Criminal Justice Management Council will host two virtual listening sessions on Oct. 6 to gauge the public’s views about the possibility of an area citizens oversight board on policing.
Policing GraficThe council, which is convening the sessions in connection with the city of La Crosse and several stakeholders, says the goal of such a board would be to build trust and strengthen the relationships between the police and communities.
A council subcommittee is exploring the creation of such a board, evaluating the needs, possible roles and responsibilities to provide input and direction to area police departments.
Two listening sessions are scheduled to invite more participation, council members said. The first will be at noon Oct. 6 and the second, at 6 p.m. that day.
Because of COVID-19, the sessions will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams, Facebook Live or via audio by phone.
Noon: (262) 683-8845 United States, Kenosha (toll); conference ID: 983 558 824#
6 p.m.: (262) 683-8845 United States, Kenosha (toll); conference ID: 864 022 908#
Those who would like to share their ideas via email can send feedback between now and Oct. 6 to the following:
• La Crosse County Board of Supervisors Chair Monica Kruse
• La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat
• CJMC subcommittee chairwoman Joella Striebel
Other subcommittee members include Laura Abellera of Leaders Igniting Transformation, Andrew Alvaro of the CJMC, Jazzma Holland of the Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge, Mai Lee of Cia Siab Inc. and Nese Nasif of the La Crosse Police and Fire Commission.