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Wayne county works toward uniting community with policing matters related to minorities

Earlier this year, the Wayne County’s Police Reform and Reinvestment Plan was submitted to the state and asked civilian committees to allow the public to have a greater say when it came to policing matters in relation to minorities.

Ken Miller, the Chairman for the Board of Supervisors, said the county is going to follow up with what it promised upon in its submission to the state.

Committees are being formed and Miller, along with the Assistant Director of Wayne County Youth Advocate Programs Inc. James Schuler, are beginning with a Unity Festival likely to happen in September.

Miller said the festival is an attempt to begin putting together the members of the committees like a Minority Community Advocacy Committee, a Civilian Review Advisory Board, and various other committees.

Schuler said this is an attempt at uniting the county when it comes to policing and race, and that it can help show the county isn’t as divided as the rest of the state seems to be.

A modification of the plan includes forming a mobile crisis intervention team focusing on mental health issues. The county mental health department is hiring 14 people. The crisis teams will be available at all hours, seven days a week.