Thursday, March 31, 2016

Benicia Police Department to host meet and greet at Matthew Turner

(Originally published in the 4/1/16 edition)

   As part of Police Chief Erik Upson’s continuing efforts to strengthen community engagement, the Benicia Police Department will be hosting a meet and greet Tuesday, April 12, at Matthew Turner Elementary. 
   “This is Chief Upson’s strategy for community members to be introduced and get to know the officers that patrol their neighborhoods, especially newer officers recently hired,” Lt. Scott Przekurat said. “(It’s) a chance for officers and community members to come together in a social and friendly atmosphere.”
   The event will have presentation stations set up to cover topics like the neighborhood watch program, using online crime mapping and understanding the proper use of force. There will also be a Q&A session on the department’s Facebook page, which was established in December, and its Twitter account, which was launched on March 10. 
   “We will talk about the direction of the department, cover some general topics such as recent crime and crime trends, then respond to community concerns,” Przekurat said.  “Mostly it’s just an opportunity to have new officers meet community members, and community members get to know their department better.”
   Przekurat hopes that Benicia residents gain a better understanding of the hard work that police officers put in.
   “We want community members to get to know their police officers and understand what Benicia police officers do day in and day out for our community,” he said. “Community meet and greets such as this are a great way to enhance public trust between community members and the police.”

   The Benicia Police Department Community Meet and Greet will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in the Multi Purpose Room at Matthew Turner Elementary, located on 540 Rose Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Benicia Police Department’s Facebook page can be found at and on Twitter under the handle @bpdsocialmedia. 

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