As law enforcement and community relations remain in the spotlight around the country, a metro agency maintains its proactive approach to policing.
Midwest City has hired a consulting company to evaluate their police force and now, they want citizens to participate.
Every day, patrolling the streets of Midwest City is different for Sgt. Trae Fisher, but what remains the same is his dedication to his duty to serve the community.
He's one of more than 100 full time employees with the police department, which is now the subject of an outside study. The City spent about $65,000 for a consulting firm called Matrix to evaluate how well police deliver their services, according to Midwest City police Chief Brandon Clabes.
Now, they want input from the public at a town hall set for 6 p.m. on August 16 in the City Council chambers.
“It’s important for me to understand what our community really expects,” Clabes said.
The results will tell Clabes what needs to change, he added. Do they have the right amount of officers? Could the agency be reorganized?
“It’s done based on facts, not just on innuendos,” he told News 9.
They also took part in a "March for Peace" to improve communication with citizens.
“So this community meeting will provide another avenue for our citizens to come and tell us what they think, whether it’s good or bad,” he said. “Because criticism will lead to us doing our job better and that what’s important.”
This study will also give the department insight for 5, 10 and 15 years down the road.