Fargo Police Advisory and Oversight Board Selects Chair and Vice Chair at First Meeting

FARGO, ND (KVRR) – The Fargo Police Advisory and Oversight Board is holding its first meeting.

The seven-member council aims to create a dialogue between the community and the Fargo police. Members want to improve relationships and help with diverse recruitment and provide perspective on policies and programs that the community finds important.

Chief David Zibolski said the board should improve trust and relationships which he said were “very strained” in 2020.

The council is led by Dr. Joanna Johnson, nurse practitioner. She has worked with North Dakota State University, Sanford Health, Luther Hall and Madison Veterans Affairs. Johnson has several priorities.

“As far as safety, training, community safety, mental health, those things are very important to me,” Johnson said.

Vice President Lucrachia King is a former employee of the New York Police Department and Federal Parks. She volunteers for community programs in the Big Apple. King wants to help people with mental health issues.

“I thought I had a separate group in addition to the police department to handle these types of calls.”

Even though the Police Advisory and Oversight Council is something some community members have said they want, there were only a handful of people at the meeting and no one spoke during the public comment period. .

Board members will meet once a month for a four-year term.

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