Policing in Riverside will be subject of public-safety forum Thursday

Policing in Riverside will be subject of public-safety forum Thursday

The public is invited to comment on public safety issues Thursday, Nov. 9, when the Inland Congregations United for Change hosts a forum in Riverside.


The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 5250 Central Ave.


Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz is expected to attend and take questions, a news release said. The speakers will also include Rev. Ben McBride, co-director of PICO California, a multi-racial, faith-based, community-organizing group.


“The trust deficit between law enforcement and communities of color makes us all less safe,” McBride was quoted as saying in the news release.


Inland Congregations plans to address the history of policing in Riverside and present its findings and proposed solutions gathered from interviews with community members, community organizations and the Police Department.


“Across California, communities and police are finding ways to create solutions leading to safer communities and constitutional policing,” McBride said in the release. “This solution session is an opportunity to bring together those ‘closest to the pain’ around these issues and discover opportunities for future partnership.”