PALESTINE — The Palestine Police Department will host a town hall meeting tonight, the first one of the year, to keep community members in the loop on city crime and related topics, with a general overview, safety tips and question and answer session.
The meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westwood Elementary School.
Palestine Police Lt. James Muniz said the department generally hosts three to four town hall meetings a year in various city districts.
“We haven't had one in this year actually, so we need to have one,” he said. “We're doing District 4 this week.”
The purpose of the meeting, according to a news release, is for law enforcement to meet with members of the public in order “to further the working relationship between the Palestine Police Department and the community.”
Muniz said members of the department's detective division, including trained crime prevention officer Detective David Kassaw, will be in attendance and present an overview of the department's doings over the past few months, as well as year-to-date city crime and traffic statistics.
Muniz, as director of the Narcotics Task Force, will give an update on city narcotic usage.
“We'll give some information about things that might be happening in the area, and we'll talk about ways people can protect themselves and their property from being burglarized,” he said. “And we're going to take questions and comments from anybody in attendance.”
The department will not address specific questions regarding any criminal case still open for investigation or pending in court.
Muniz said the meeting would most likely take place in the school's cafeteria.
Westwood Elementary School is located at 2305 Salt Works Rd.