Cassville police reach out to community
Facebook Live Q&A set for May 5
Aiming to communicate more with the community during the stay-at-home orders and COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Cassville Police Department has scheduled a Facebook Live question-and-answer session for May 5 at 6 p.m.
“During these unique times that we are faced with, we are looking for ways to continue to engage with our community,” said Taylor Lombard, Cassville officer. “We are going to take this opportunity to interact with our community using Facebook Live with a question and answer session. We are wanting to continue this on a monthly basis, bringing in different officers with different specialties.
“The ultimate goal for the video is to interact with our community. Especially now, due to the social distancing during the pandemic, we do not get to see and talk to the citizens as much. We want to help answer any questions that they may have. In the future, we are hoping to be able to show the citizens how we operate, our facilities, what we have to work with, etc.”
Questions will be accepted by email, prior to the stream, to give officers a pool of questions to answer. The questions can be submitted to email@example.com, or on the Cassville police Department Facebook page.
“We are excited to hear from our citizens and be able to help in any way we can,” Lombard said.
Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville police chief, said the idea for the Facebook Live interactions began well before the stay-at-home orders.
“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, our command staff had discussed interacting with the community using videos to answer questions that citizens may have,” she said. “We decided to try the Facebook Live similar to other agencies having “Coffee With a Cop.” Doing the live feed, we can involve different Officers and hope more people can participate. The ultimate goal is being able to answer questions that individuals may have, but have not had the opportunity to ask.”
Lombard said the staff answering questions may change, depending on the types of questions.
“If an officer specializes in something, then they may be able to answer a certain question better,” he said.
As far as what will be asked, Lombard said the department is not sure what people will want to know.
“We are really hoping the citizens participate and provide us with some good questions,” he said. “We want the questions emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the video.”
There are however, certain questions that will not be addressed.
“We will not answer any derogatory questions,” Lombard said. “In addition, we will not answer any questions asking for legal advice, as they will be directed to contact an attorney.”
Kammelohr and Lombard both said they hope the Facebook Live events can continue.
“We hope that this will be successful and we can continue in the future,” Kammerlohr said.
“As Chief Kammerlohr stated, we hope we can continue,” Lombard said. “Also, we want to be able to give a little insight of how we operate. I think it could help the citizens partially understand why we do some things, and who doesn’t want to look at the cool stuff we get to use every day?”