The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has just announced not one, but two, upcoming town hall meetings where area residents can do what people do at these events: listen, learn, ask questions, offer input and engage in dialogue.

According to the announcement from the top law enforcement official in Guilford County, the town hall meetings will provide “an opportunity for community members to engage with the Sheriff’s Office and discuss important community matters with a commitment to transparency and unity.”

 One goal of the meetings is to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and area residents.

The first town hall will take place on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at Fairview Recreation Center at 2401 Fairview St. in Greensboro, while the second will be held on Monday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Summerfield Community Center at 5404 Centerfield Road in Summerfield.

In recent years, across the country, there has often been a lot of hostility between law enforcement officers and the people they’re sworn to protect – and Rogers periodically holds events, talks, classes, etc. in an attempt to address that divide and bring down tension in the community.

Here are some of the issues that will be discussed at the town halls: field operations, finances, detention centers and special operations.

For those who are unable to attend in person, the town halls will be live-streamed on Facebook and Zoom.

(A Zoom link will be posted on the Sheriff’s Department’s website the day of the meetings for those wishing to attend virtually.)

“Whether you choose to participate in person or virtually, your presence and input are highly valued,” the sheriff’s invitation notes.