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Cape Girardeau, MO police chief returns from task force meeting at White House

(Source: Cape Girardeau Police Department/Facebook) (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Department/Facebook)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Cape Girardeau's efforts to strengthen the relationship between police and the public took the city's police chief to our nation's capitol.

Chief Wes Blair went to the White House for a briefing on Tuesday, August 16 as part of the President's Task Force on 21st Century policing.

Chief Blair called it a really cool experience and said he joined about 150 chiefs from across the country to talk about officer safety and using social media to show residents what they're doing and why.

He said the topic of implicit bias really stuck out to him from the others.

He said it's a problem that crosses racial and economic status and is a lesson he plans to pass on to his officers.

The Task Force was designed to help law enforcement and communities strengthen trust and collaboration.

Chief Blair said the meeting served as a way for chiefs across the U.S. to discuss tough issues and show unity.

"I am very concerned about how we work here and policing in Cape Girardeau and how we interact with our community, but I'm always concerned as a nation on how we interact with our community as well, so to be able to be a part of such a bigger conversation is really touching and an honor for me to be there," Chief Blair said.

Blair said President Obama didn't make an appearance, but some White House officials did and after some disconnect between police and the president's administration.

It was just the conversation needed.

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