Frisco PD seeks citizen input
FRISCO – “Our commitment is to protect life and property, maintain order and enhance our community’s quality of life by working closely with our citizens,” reads the mission statement of the Frisco Police Department.
Chief of Police Tom Wickman is embarking on a project that will foster that close working relationship with Frisco’s citizens – the Frisco Police Citizen Advisory Committee.
“One of the first things I want to talk about is values,” Wickman said of the input he hopes to elicit through the new committee. “I’m trying to engage the community.
“If we’re going the wrong way on any issue, I want this community to say, ‘Chief, you’re all wet.'”
The committee will consist of locals from a variety of constituencies who will meet once a month for about an hour and a half.
“We’ll have a cross section of voices from around the town,” Wickman said. “I think it’s important that we have folks representing a lot of different backgrounds.”
Councilmember Gary Runkle said he hopes young people will apply for a spot on the committee.
“I’d like to see a couple of 18- 25-year-olds. I think we ought to have that age group represented,” Runkle said.
The police department is accepting letters of interest through April 12. Applicants should describe their backgrounds and reasons for interest.
The Frisco Town Council will interview and select applicants, and the chief hopes to convene the first meeting some time in May.
Committee discussions will center on police policies and procedures as well as existing municipal codes.
Committee members will be charged with making recommendations to the town council, chief of police and town manager and serving as liaisons to the community.
“They’re a sounding board,” Wickman said. “They’re out there in the community talking to people. We’ve got some really brilliant people in this town, and it’s really important that we break down any barriers between the police department and the community.”
Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 x203 or email@example.com.
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