An outfit from Virginia will seek public opinion next week about the Glynn County Police Department, inviting members of the public it serves to share their opinions, whether positive, indifferent or otherwise.

Residents can share their thoughts at two forums conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The first forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Glynn County Historic Courthouse, 701 G St.; the next forum will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in room 108 at the St. Simons Island Casino, 530 Beachview Drive, said Glynn County Police Sgt. Brian Scott said.

The public forums are part of an in-depth overall operations and management assessment of the department being conducted by the police chiefs association. The non-profit law enforcement organization based in Alexandria, Va., is dedicated to improving efficiency and effectiveness within police agencies.

The Glynn County Commission in July approved spending $70,000 for the departmental assessment, employs 130 people and operates on a budget of about $10 million annually. The assessment is part of the county’s Strategic Plan for a Safe Community.

“The study will identify the department’s strengths, weaknesses and challenges and will provide a guide for the department to ... reach a higher level of service,” according to the county proposal.

Residents are encouraged to share their opinions with the Police Chief’s Association forum hosts. No members of the Glynn County Police Department will be present inside the rooms during forums, Scott said.

“We want residents to turn out and feel free to speak their minds,” Scott said. “We are looking for positive feedback, of course. But if there are things people think need to be improved, we want to hear that, too.”

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