On Monday, May 20, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office announced an upcoming town hall meeting that will be held in a place where these types of events are rarely held – Jamestown.

According to department officials, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office Town Hall will offer an opportunity for members of the community to engage with Sheriff’s Office officials and deputies to discuss matters that the Sheriff’s Office and the community members consider important.

It will take place on Thursday, May 23, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In recent years, nationwide, there’s been a growing chasm and distrust between law enforcement officers and the people they serve – and events such as this, and similar events held throughout the year, are meant to give county residents a better understanding of law enforcement officers’ motives and concerns and, likewise, the meetings let the officers hear the concerns of the people.

Promotional material from the Sheriff’s Office regarding the event states, “With a commitment to transparency and unity, the town hall aims to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.”

Usually held in Greensboro or High Point, the event will be held in Jamestown this time around. However, it will be virtual as well: For those unable to physically attend, the town hall will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. Also, a Zoomlink will be posted on the Sheriff’s Office’s website the day of the meeting for those who wish to attend virtually – “ensuring that everyone can participate in this important community dialogue.”

The meeting announcement notes, “Whether you choose to participate in person or virtually, your presence and input are highly valued.”

For those who wish to watch in person, the meeting will  be held at the Jamestown Town Hall at 301 E. Main Street in Jamestown