Marion PD To Host Listening Session

MARION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Marion Police Department says it's adjusting its enforcement strategies to keep up with changes in the city.

The Marion Police Department will host their first listening session on Tuesday. During the session, they want to hear from the community and get input on what they like or don't like about the department.

They are hoping the feedback can improve how their police officers can better serve the community.

The Marion Police Department says they are in the middle of developing their 5-year strategic plan and they need the public's input.

It will look at how the department can grow and their "policing strategies."

Police Chief Joe McHale says this new plan is important to help with the growing population in Marion.

"Our population's going to grow, our tourism, our commercial base is all growing at a rapid pace, we as a police department have to look at different evidence base strategies to police this community in a way it's never been policed before, beat deployments operational strategies to deter crime, to reduce crime," Police Chief Joe McHale said.

The 5-year plan will also look at how to partner with social services agencies.

The chief says there are a lot of opportunities right now for their department to grow and learn from its community.

The public listening session will be held March 20 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Marion City Hall.

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