There has been a lot of talk nationally about reforming or “defunding” police departments.
There also has been criticism that some officers have acted with brutality toward minorities. Hamtramck police have also been criticized in the past of profiling minorities and treating them unfairly.
Last week we invited Max Garbarino, the city’s Director of Community Safety and Services, to talk about Hamtramck’s own police policies and training.
The reader response on our website about Garbarino’s comments was also critical.
It’s clear that it is indeed time for a discussion in this community about policing.
It has also been suggested in the past that the city should establish a citizens’ oversight committee for the police department. This seems like a reasonable concept to consider.
No matter what course of action we take, we need to have further discussions.
And also remember that Garbarino’s role is to be a liaison between the police department and the community. If you need to contact him, you can do so via email at:
Posted June 26, 2020