Community Panel Unites Citizens And Law Enforcement

  • 1/13/2019 2:34:59 PM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- A Community Conversation panel brought citizens and law enforcement together on Saturday.

The discussion was about "How to Work Together for a Better Community." The event concluded Spread the Light Week, which honored law enforcement.

On the panel were Officer Pete Cassuccio of the Columbus Division of Police, Captain Shari Robertson of the Mansfield Division of Police, Carlos Christian, a rehabilitated felon, and community leaders Nicole Blakley, Kay Smith, and Jaylon Scott.

Captain Robertson said that this event was an important way to build on law enforcement's relationship with the community.

"Events like this where you can actually sit down, be candid and talk about real issues, get people's thoughts and interact and share those thoughts is so important to what we do," Captain Robertson said. "Here in Mansfield and Richland County we have great interaction with our community and it's something I'm proud of."

Law enforcement in Richland County has many different community involvement initiatives according to Captain Robertson.

"The philosophy of our command staff and city officials is that we are going to be active in our community and those relationships mean a lot not just to the officer but to the community as a whole," Captain Robertson said.

Officer Pete Casuccio said that the event was a step in the right direction for Richland County.

"We're better together.  The Captain had said earlier during the panel that we kind of hold the line in the sand for our community and we provide that layer of safety and security that everyone's used to," Officer Casuccio said.  "We also have to be held responsible for our actions and if the community thinks that we're deficient or we could be better in a certain area then we have to listen to that."

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