LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Cameron University decided to host a special forum Thursday night focusing on mending the relationship between law enforcement and their communities.
The panel discussion, entitled "Building Relationships between the Community and Their Police" was held in Shepler Ballroom. It included speakers in local city government along with speakers from local and state law enforcement and religious leaders. The speakers are all Cameron University Alumni.
The event was open to the public, giving area residents a chance to voice their concerns and share ideas.
V. Gay McGahee, who serves City Council Ward 7, says "It's very important the community come out and be a part of it, these events don't work if the community doesn't get involved."
Retired Tulsa Police Department Officer, Ron Bartmier, who also serves as the president for the Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police reminded attendees, "Officers are human beings, we make mistakes, we don't put a uniform on every day expecting to get into an altercation, we try to help and assist citizens the best way possible."
Tonight's forum was part one of the "Justice for All" series of panel discussions. They're made possible by the Department of Social Sciences, the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and through the support of the GEO Endowed Lectureship.