Forum looks at police relationships to communities

Published: November 3 2014


GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Local law enforcement officers and University of Florida staff will lead a “Cops and the Community” town hall forum at 7 p.m. Nov. 6  in the Reitz Student Union Grand Ballroom.

This event seeks to provide an opportunity for dialogue about the recent media attention around misconduct of law enforcement and the communities they serve across the country.

Panelists include Gainesville Police Chief Tony Jones, University of Florida Police Deputy Chief Darren Baxley, Santa Fe College Chief Ed Book and several UF administrators and student leaders. 

The event is open to students, faculty and staff. 

Attendees can expect to have an open dialogue about safety and protocols in our community. Additionally, panelists will share information about programs and service already offered to ensure the safety of all citizens.

The forum hosted by The Collective, group of student organizations and campus departments. Those include the Dream Defenders, Hispanic Student Association, Students Acting against Racism, Progressive Black Men, National Panhellenic Council, African Student Union, Black Student Union, Club Creole, Black Law Student Association, Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Inc., Counseling and Wellness Center ASPIRE program, Institute of Black Culture, Institute of Hispanic- Latino Cultures, Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs, and Intercultural Engagement.

For more information, contact Vee Smith or visit the Institute of Black Culture Facebook page at for more information. 



Contact: Vee Smith, 352-294-3560,