FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – About thirty people attended an informal town hall meeting put on by Frankfort police at the First Baptist Temple Saturday morning. The gathering gave the department an opportunity to inform members of the Hispanic community of the role of police and differences in Indiana’s laws.
A lack of understanding due to cultural and language barriers is a big reason for the meetings, according to Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon. This often leads to a mistrust of law enforcement in the community. He says clarifying police officer’s role and expectations for residents is important.
“We all have to work together to affect crime in this community,” said Bacon. “It just can’t be one particular group of people or another. We all need to work together.”
Local pastor and police chaplain Leo Gonzalez said he wants to inform people and to let them know the police are there to protect their families. He says it’s important to look at the problems in Frankfort as ones that affect the entire community and not just one segment of the population.
“We are one community and we want to work together, and that’s the reason why we have these meetings,” said Gonzalez.
Both Bacon and Gonzales say the meetings have helped to create more familiarity between law enforcement and Hispanic community members.