The Athena Group in the community

Kate King on October 24, 2016

Athena Partner Paul Horton is doing his part to help facilitate constructive conversations around race and law enforcement. In early October, Paul worked with the Hispanic Roundtable to facilitate a gathering of elected officials, community members, and law enforcement from the surrounding areas to have open and honest dialog about racism and law enforcement in our community. Read more here.


On October 12, 2016, the Black Alliance of Thurston County and the Olympia Police Department (OPD) co-sponsored a community conversation on “Fair and Impartial Policing” at the Olympia Center. Athena Member Steven Byers and GRuB Community Engagement Coordinator Kerensa Mabwa co-facilitated the event. Approximately 100 citizens participated, including OPD officers. Chief Ronnie Roberts opened the conversation by describing how the OPD is applying Fair and Impartial Policing concepts in their daily work. Then nine officers responded to questions about how recent training in the application these concepts has affected or changed the way they interact with citizens. The second half of the evening consisted of a Community Cafe – several rounds of small group conversations – in which citizens shared and discussed the values they wish to see reflected in the OPD. Read more here.


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