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Cicero Police Study Committee to host listening sessions

Committee to host three public listening sessions beginning June 8

The door has been opened.

The Cicero Police Study Committee, which has been meeting behind closed doors for the past eight Monday nights, will begin hosting public listening sessions starting June 8 to gather community input.

"We would like to get the perception of the police from the community," said John Winters, committee chairman.

The committee will host three public meetings to listen to compliments, complaints and recommendations about police services in the town.

All comments are welcome, according to Winters and the nine-person committee, whether they concern performance, services, costs or another aspect that might be important to a Cicero resident.

"I want to hear what everybody has to say," Winters said. "It can also be used as future information."

With this in mind, Winters would like residents to know that the full report and any comments made at the public listening sessions will be kept under consideration for the next 10 years.

"These are all pieces of the puzzle," Winters said.

The committee's full report will be completed and submitted to the Cicero Town Board for the Aug. 25 board meeting.

The report will be treated as a recommendation on how the town board should proceed with police services in Cicero.

However, the final decision on whether or not the town's police services will change is ultimately up to the town board.

Neither members of the Cicero Police Department nor Police Chief Joseph Snell will be present at the listening sessions so not to influences comments.

This agreement was made between both Winters and Snell, who agreed police presences could have an effect on the way community members express comments, concerns or compliments.

"We don't want to be the reason people change what they say," Snell said.

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