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DeKalb police chief wants to ‘humanize’ officers in upcoming virtual Q&A

By Zachary Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga

In an upcoming virtual community Q&A, DeKalb County police Chief Mirtha Ramos said she hopes to “humanize” the officers in her department.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Ramos will discuss questions and concerns submitted by the community during a Facebook Live stream on the department’s Facebook page. It will be her second Q&A since becoming the county’s first permanent female police chief last November.

During the event, Ramos will host a segment called “Getting to know your DKPD: A candid and raw conversation behind the badge.”

According to a news release, Ramos wants to give her officers a platform to speak about the law enforcement experience in light of the months of protests over police brutality and racism.

“As the law enforcement profession is being scrutinized, I would like to humanize the person behind the badge so that the citizens we serve can be exposed to a different perspective of what drives the officers of DKPD,” Ramos said in the release.

Questions can be submitted during the Facebook Live stream or beforehand.

Before taking over DeKalb’s police department, Ramos spent 22 years with the Miami-Dade Police Department in Florida.

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