The Mountain View Human Relations Commission is sponsoring a series of “listening forums,” online story sharing and one-on-one interviews on policing in the city. Commissioners hope to reach people who have interacted with the city’s police department, regardless of where they live or work.
The first forum was held Aug. 31, with participants sharing personal stories and experiences of interacting with police. A second forum, for youth and young adults ages 15-24 is scheduled 5-7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 10). A third, slated 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 17, will be conducted in Spanish. Session 4, set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 24, will be conducted in Mandarin.
“We are seeking the engagement of residents, visitors and workers of Mountain View in order to increase awareness of community sentiment on local police interactions, as well as gather information for a commission report to the Mountain View Police Department and City Council to help inform future police policy and programs,” commissioners said in a statement. “The forums are meant to create space for Mountain View residents to share their personal stories and engage in small-group dialog about their experience with policing in Mountain View (positive, negative or neutral).”
The Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center will facilitate the sessions.
Participants also may tell their stories in written form or on a one-on-one basis.
For more information, visit engage.mountainview.gov.