The Xenia Institute for Social Justice “Voices of Norman” Listening Session to be held November 5th

Date of Press Release: 
Tue, 10/29/2019
Press Release By: 
Capt. Barbour

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the Xenia Institute for Social Justice will sponsor the sixth in a series of events titled “Voices for Norman:  The Community and the Police in Conversation.” The event will be held at the Norman Public Schools Administration Building, located at 131 S. Flood Ave. in Norman beginning at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to all Norman residents.

The evening’s discussion will be focused on department transparency, community engagement, increasing trust, and removing barriers. The information gained from the public will be used as an additional guiding tool for the development of the departments 2020 Strategic Plan. This will be accomplished through a short presentation regarding the departments strategic planning and goals for 2020 followed by moderated small group discussions to gain insight and input from those in attendance.

“The Xenia series began as conversations between the community and the police after a number of widely publicized and tragic incidents between citizens and police in other cities,” explained Rev. David Spain, President of the Xenia Institute. “As we continue to plan for the future, we need, and truly desire, input from members of the community about what we are doing well and where we should improve”, Interim Chief Kevin Foster said. “We must continue the conversation in a proactive way to further build relationships so we can continue to serve our community at the highest possible level”, he added.

The Xenia Institute for Social Justice promotes transformation through dialogue.  The Institute works to bring individuals, organizations, businesses and agencies together in ways that foster safe environments for dialogue to facilitate powerful and meaningful action. For more information, contact Capt. Brent Barbour at 405-217-7709 or Rev. David Spain at 405-329-2192.