MENTAL HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY:
A COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSION WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL MATTHEW J. PLATKIN
Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced that he will hold a community listening session in the City of Paterson on May 4th to discuss ways in which law enforcement, service providers, and community members can work together to improve the delivery of public safety services to individuals suffering from mental illness, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and residents in mental health crisis. The event is open to the public and will take place on May 4 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at St. Luke Baptist Church.
This event will mark the first of many listening sessions related to public safety services for the Paterson community. Incoming Officer-in-Charge Isa Abbassi, who has been appointed by the Attorney General to take command of the Paterson Police Department as of May 9th, intends to hold a series of listening sessions in each ward of the City beginning in mid-May. Each event will provide residents with an opportunity to learn about changes being made to the Paterson Police Department, and ask questions directly of the new leadership team.