Fayetteville police chief participates in forum with President Obama at White House

WASHINGTON (WNCN) – Fayetteville’s police chief will be at the White House Thursday to participate in a forum with President Barack Obama.

Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock will be participating in a forum, an “Arm Chair Discussion,” with President Obama, Thursday.

They will discuss the use of the “Police Data Initiative,” which is included in the President’s task force on 21st Century Policing. Topics to be discussed include the behind the scenes work and progress being made towards transparency through projects such as Fayetteville’s new Open Data Portal, body cameras, and community engagement efforts.

“I am very proud that our great city and the Fayetteville Police Department have been invited to participate in this discussion” said Medlock.

Ahead of Thursday’s forum, a larger group of police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors met. They talked about reducing crime by reducing unnecessary arrests.

“And we have to have another solution – not just ‘non arrest’ — but placement in programs that can lead people to a life of sobriety – and one of non-violence. Very important,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday.

There are more people in prisons in the United States than in any other country in the world. According to a group calling for imprisonment reform, the sentencing project that is a 500 percent increase over the past 30 years.

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