Most of the town council meetings in this community — at least those who have an operational police department — include the police chief or another law enforcement official reading off that month’s crime statistics, or giving a general update.
It is a great opportunity for town council members to get a concise report on the status of crime in their towns, and for residents who go to meetings to know what is happening in their neighborhoods.
It can also be an opportunity for residents to engage police officials by asking questions, and for the police to educate the public on what can or can’t be done.
During the regular Selbyville Town Council meeting on Monday, July 11, two residents of the town spoke about concerns they had with increased crime on the western side of town. Police Chief Scott Collins was on hand and explained that his officers would gladly respond to any calls from residents concerning suspicious activity. Collins also explained during a response that drug overdoses don’t necessarily have legal consequences. He said that if someone overdoses in your home and you call authorities, you are immune from prosecution because the goal is to save the life.
It doesn’t sound like much in the grand scheme of things, but having police officials available to directly respond to citizens and council members is both good outreach and a solid method of maintaining good police-community relations.