Your July 19 editorial “A local discussion on police, race” asks, who in the region will convene a conversation about the community and policing?
There is an answer. As a result of my having attended the Civilian Police Academy, which educates people about police work, the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is using the internet to help bridge the gap between the public and police.
Communitiesandpolicetalk.org is a website where the public can communicate directly with the police, and police can present their concerns. The website is also a forum for ideas to improve police procedures to serve all communities fairly.
Good policing requires hearing from the community; communities need to understand police procedures and perspective. Nassau County police do a very good job, but any organization can improve. Newsday is right: It’s time for the police and community to come together to make things better for everyone. Our website is a bridge to make that happen.
Arthur Dobrin, Westbury
Editor’s note: The writer is leader emeritus of the Ethical Humanist Society.