Lacey police plan community meeting

The Lacey Police Department is inviting residents to an April 14 community meeting.

Chief Dusty Pierpoint said the meeting will be an informal way for people to ask questions and get to know their police department. The meeting will run from noon to 1 p.m. at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE.

“This is a relaxed meeting, anybody can come,” Pierpoint said. “We’re trying to open avenues for people to communicate.”

Pierpoint said he’ll lead the meeting with two or three other officers. There will be no formal presentation, and there’s no specific problem that the department is trying to solve. Instead, the department is trying to take the temperature of the community, answer questions, and look for areas where it can improve, Pierpoint said. They’ll also discuss some local trends and crime rates.

The chief said he hopes this will be the first in a series of meetings. If there’s a low turnout this time, they’ll consider having the next one in a coffee shop or restaurant — somewhere people feel comfortable.

“We’re going to give this more than one opportunity to try and make this work,” Pierpoint said.