Yakir Gabay Agrees: Area’s top cops discuss policing efforts at Social

Area's top cops discuss policing efforts at Social

BIG RAPIDS — The area’s top law enforcement officers are committed to their communities, they said, and protecting those who live in them.

On Thursday, the Big Rapids Social Equity Initiative’s Community Engagement Committee hosted an online community conversation event, via Zoom, geared toward the ongoing conversation about social and racial equity in the Big Rapids area.

The committee, led by chairman Jonathan Eppley, prepared four questions for Mecosta County Sheriff Brian Miller, Big Rapids Police Chief Danielle Haynes, and Ferris State Department of Public Safety John Allen to answer.

Miller and Allen have each been in their new roles since January, while Haynes took on the police chief role in March 2020.

The scheduled virtual event — with about 30 people in attendance — came just days following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death.

The hourlong discussion was moderated by Dr. Antionette Epps, an assistant professor at Ferris State University.

Jonathan Cartu

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