Communities And Police Talk 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, 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,” Dobrin said, “and if the police could hear frankly from the community what bothers it.”
Emanuel Boussios, a certified Police Academy instructor and visiting scholar at Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, is an advisor to the project and believes that this new web site will be an incubator for new ideas in continuing dialogue within our neighborhoods. “We want it to become a platform that will encourage conversation between police and members of the community,” he said, “and use their feedback to improve policing for the common good.”
Also on the advisory committee is Dr. Isma Caudhry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, who said, “In these challenging times it is crucial to have open channels of communication between various communities and the law enforcement authorities. Both have to understand each others’ challenges and limitations.”