Strong relationships of mutual trust between police agencies and the communities they serve are critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing. Police officials rely on the cooperation of community members to provide information about crime in their neighborhoods. Similarly community members’ willingness to trust the police depends on whether they believe that police actions reflect community values and incorporate the principles of procedural justice and legitimacy.
Now more than ever it is critically important for our police and our community to work together in the interest of public safety. Cpl. Eric Thomas will talk about the community work of the CPD and new community goals for CPD with Covid restrictions easing.
Cpl. Thomas has been with the Charlottesville Police Department for 10 years. He has served as a Field Training Officer, General Instructor, Crime Prevention Specialist, Gang Specialist and as an Assistant Team Leader for the Crisis Negotiation Team.