Harford sheriff discusses initiatives to improve police-community relations in HCC’s ‘Uncomfortable Conversation’ forum

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office, during the nearly six-year tenure of Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, has worked to improve transparency, modernize its use-of-force and discipline policies and increase racial diversity within the ranks. Such initiatives were put in place during Gahler’s first term, which started in late 2014, not because of public pressure or a “national tragedy” — such as the death of an unarmed Black person while in police custody — but “because they are the right thing to do,” the sheriff said during the recent community event, “An Uncomfortable Conversation: National Events with Local Implications Concerning Race, Equity, and Justice.” (Balt Sun)

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