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Sun Prairie establishes police advisory board

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- The Sun Praire Police Department announced a new advisory board Monday intended to increase communication between officers and the public.

"The Police Chief’s Community Advisory Board will provide a collaborative forum for police-community interaction to address safety and related issues in order to further enhance the quality of life in our community," Sun Prairie Police Chief Michael Steffes said in a written statement.

The board will have input on several areas including policy and helping "increase public awareness and communications of the department," Steffes said.

The board will be made up of a "diverse cross-section of community members" serving a mix of three-year terms for adults and one-year terms for high school members. High school students will only be allowed to serve two terms.

The positions are volunteer-only and will not be paid. Those interested in applying should contact Business Manager Michelle Garrison at (608) 825-1149.

Members will attend an orientation on the workings of the board, department and city government. "Each member will be encouraged to complete our Citizens Police Academy program and be able to participate in a ride-along with a City of Sun Prairie Police Officer," Steffes said.

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