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EKU Criminal Justice Expert Says Dialog Between Police and Protestors Beneficial

Eastern Kentucky University Criminal Justice and Police Studies Interim Associate Dean Derek Paulsen says any modifications in law enforcement across Kentucky typically come at the local level.  Much attention recently has focused on the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor during police interaction in Minnesota and Kentucky. 

Paulsen said community discussion is important before any consideration of changing policing methods. “There’s a demand more by communities for open information, so a better sharing of information about what’s going on in a policing agency.  That they be reporting crime data.  We see this now with more crime data being put on line.  They’re also asking for more open communication,” said Paulsen.

Paulsen noted that can mean more information shared back and forth instead of one way communication coming from police agencies. He added dialogue can be productive. Paulsen said there are about 300 law enforcement agencies across Kentucky.  

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