- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) - Representatives of both law enforcement and the local community gathered in Bergen County for the first of two seminars regarding the issue of police bias in the region.

The Record reports (https://bit.ly/2kc2w5L ) more than 50 people met for Monday’s meeting at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah.

Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal says the purpose of the seminars was to “make sure what happened elsewhere in the country doesn’t happen here.”

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office says the agenda included lectures on recruitment, hiring and promotion and racially biased data. Group discussions were also held on possible police scenarios.

The session was closed to the public to encourage free discussion.

Grewal says he and other county officials want to build trust between citizens and police.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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