The Olympia community will continue its discussions about fair and impartial policing Wednesday at a discussion at the Olympia Center.
During the event, which is 6:30-9 p.m., officers from the Olympia Police Department will discuss training they received this year.
“We’ve done so much talking at the police,” said Karen Johnson, of the Black Alliance of Thurston County. “We see this as a time for us to listen to them, as well as a time for them to listen to us.”
Lt. Paul Lower, of the Olympia Police Department, said about a dozen officers who have completed training in fair and impartial policing will speak about what they learned, how the training changed the way they approach their jobs and the introspection the training facilitated.
Attendees will have a chance to share their thoughts about the training.
“We’re hoping to hear a little bit more about what our community wants from us, to get some feedback,” Lower said.
The Olympia Police Department and the Black Alliance of Thurston County began holding the events in December, about six months after an officer-involved shooting caused many Olympia residents to examine local race relations.
Johnson said the meetings have gone well and the number of such events, which they call “conversation cafes, likely will increase next year. She hopes they will take place monthly.
“I really see them as an opportunity for healing to take place,” Johnson said.