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Chief Anthony Ambrose to discuss nationwide police shootings, community policing at public forum

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park Police Chief Anthony Ambrose, who was promoted to chief in August, will discuss community policing, strained relations between police and the public, and crime in Oak Park at a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Village of Oak Park's Community Relations Commission is sponsoring the forum at Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and will be moderated by Community Relations Director Cedric Melton, according to a village press release. Melton will open the forum up to questions from the audience after the discussion.

The discussion "comes in the wake of a series of police shootings across the United States that have in some cases strained relations between police departments and members of the public," according to the news release.

"Maintaining open lines of communication between the police department and residents we serve is at the heart of the community policing approach we follow in Oak Park," Ambrose said in the press release. "I welcome this opportunity to engage in dialogue and foster a mutual understanding about the roles we all can play in keeping our community safe."

Topics of discussion include:

  • Ambrose's vision of policing
  • What to do if stopped by police
  • Police training processes and certification
  • Positive community collaboration


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Tom Alan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 21st, 2016 12:01 PM

I just want to thank the Oak Park police for keeping us all safe. You do an amazing job and I appreciate it.

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