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Bainbridge police to form Youth Advisory Group

Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner has announced plans to form a Youth Advisory Group for the Bainbridge police department.

The department is now seeking approximately 20 Bainbridge students, in grades 9-12.

"In my seven months as police chief, I have seen the need for better communication between police and young people," Hamner said.

The group will meet monthly to discuss issues involving police and island youth. Those interested in joining, should email policedept@bainbridgewa.gov with "Youth Advisory Group" in the subject line.

Youth can also express their interest via mail at 625 Winslow Way to the attention of Youth Advisory Group. The police department asks that those applying for the group, include their full name, address, phone number, age, school name and a brief explanation why they want to be a member. Recommendations will also be accepted from teachers, coaches, parents and other community members.

The deadline for submitting a letter of interest is Friday, Feb. 14.

After the group is established, the first meeting will cover defining member roles and group goals. Participants will also have a chance to get to know each other, police staff and the day-to-day operations of the police department.

"I am confident that by each seeing the other's perspective, we can communicate more effectively, increase trust and form a meaningful partnership," Hamner said.

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