As the country rages with violence between the police and citizens, one Nassau County organization is working to facilitate communication between law enforcement and residents. Communitiesandpolicetalk.org is a project of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island and was created by leader emeritus Arthur Dobrin.
Last year, Dr. Dobrin attended the Civilian Police Academy run by the Nassau County Police Department.
“Because of the problems in Ferguson and Staten Island and elsewhere, I wanted to learn more about police procedures and how the police understand their work,” he said.
After graduating, Dr. Dobrin came up with the idea for the website to serve as a bridge between the public and the police.
“I think that it would be a good thing if more people had the chance to hear the concerns of the police and if the police could hear frankly from the community what bothers it,” he said.
When people visit the site, www.communitiesandpolicetalk.org, which is available in English, Spanish and Creole, they can make suggestions, leave comments or complaints, create a discussion with the police and read relevant news stories and articles.