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Carol Roberts

Place of Employment/Job Title:
Integrity Transcription, President/Owner

Do you have any background in law enforcement?
Transcribing interviews, witness statements, patrol reports, undercover wires, phone taps, etc. for varous Law Enforcement agencies across the country.

How long have you been on the LEPP Board?
Since it began

What made you interested in joining the board?
Being the wife of an officer (my husband works as a Law Enforcement Officer for the State of Kansas), I have a close tie to the world of Law Enforcement. I felt it wasz a way that I could give back to the community and the Department as well.

How do you feel the LEPP helps the Police Department and the Community?
I feel that the purpose of the LEPP is to communicate and educate concerns and issues between the Community and the Police Department. We are a liaison that is used to advise not only citizens but the Department as well, participating in various aspects of both.

What is the main thing you think the general public should know about LEPP?
I feel like the Community should be aware that we are here to help, not just the Department and not just the Community but the combination of the two. We are a resource, providing that link between the two worlds.

Joyce Grigsby

Place of Employment/Job Title:
Retired

Do you have any background in law enforcement?
1997-2007 WSP District-1 in Tacoma, Wa.

How long have you been on the LEPP Board?
1 year

What made you interested in joining the board?
Rio Reed and Glenda Overstreet referred me to LEPP thru NAACP; of my WSP law enforcement.

How do you feel the LEPP helps the Police Department and the Community?
We act as a liason for the Poliec Department and the Community.

What is the main thing you think the general public should know about LEPP?
Feel free to bring your concerns to LEPP.

Kathy Davis

Place of Employment/Job Title:
Stormont-Vail Healthcare, Inc. - Executive Assistant

Do you have any background in law enforcement?
No

How long have you been on the LEPP Board?
Since inception 11/28/07

What made you interested in joining the board?
The opportunity to learn more about our community and TPD

How do you feel the LEPP helps the Police Department and the Community?
By increasing knowledge of TPD

What is the main thing you think the general public should know about LEPP?
We are here to promote better understanding and help the community interact.

Shirley Jacobson

Place of Employment/Job Title:
Washburn University School of Law / Faculty Secretary

Do you have any background in law enforcement?
Criminal Justice major, graduate of two TPD Citizens Academies and one Shawnee County Sheriffs Citizens Academy, past volunteer at TPD.

How long have you been on the LEPP Board?
Since its beginning in Nov. 2007

What made you interested in joining the board?
Wanted to provide a service to my community and the TPD.

How do you feel the LEPP helps the Police Department and the Community?
To help foster a better relationship and understanding between the community and the TPD.

What is the main thing you think the general public should know about LEPP?
That the LEPP is here to help if they have any concerns that they are not comfortable in approaching the TPD about.

Bob Percival

Place of Employment/Job Title:
Been employed by the State Corrections Agency for over 25 years, within the Security division.

Do you have any background in law enforcement?
My Dad was a Police Officer in a small town, where policing was more like Mayberry than reality.

How long have you been on the LEPP Board?
I am a Charter Member of Topeka's Law Enforcement Partnership Panel, and have served as Vice-Chair since November of '08.

What made you interested in joining the board?
Providing public safety is the most important function of government. As such, increasing citizen involvement usually equates to enhancing the quality of service provided because increased community involvement ensures the department access to a broader range of available solutions.

How do you feel the LEPP helps the Police Department and the Community?
N/A

What is the main thing you think the general public should know about LEPP?
By any comparative standard, Topeka is a safe city. Person for person, we have the highest quality Police Officers in the profession. Command staff is open and encourages the citizenry to inform them of any concerns they may have regarding the policing of our City. If, for any reason, a person will not share their concern directly with a department employee, The Law Enforcement Partnership Panel, citizens serving as liaisons, can be an outstanding resource, anonymous if preferred, for presenting their ideas or issues to our professional law enforcement community.

John R Williams

Place of Employment/Job Title:
USD 501 Emergency Substitute Teacher. Retired-State of KS Architectural Project Designer

Do you have any background in law enforcement?
No

How long have you been on the LEPP Board?
11/28/2007

What made you interested in joining the board?
Opportunity to make a difference in my community

What is the main thing you think the general public should know about LEPP?
Serving as a liason between the two entities advising the department of community concerns and how best to address them and educating the community on the department policy and procedures. We are here to serve with the hope of helping to make the city of Topeka a safe place to live, work and play.

Lorean Williams

Place of Employment/Job Title:
Self-employed Childcare Provider

Do you have any background in law enforcement?
No

How long have you been on the LEPP Board?
Since inception

What made you interested in joining the board?
To help bridge the gap between the community and Law Enforcement

How do you feel the LEPP helps the Police Department and the Community?
One way is by getting educated on Policy and Procedure and educating the community regarding their concerns and issues.

What is the main thing you think the general public should know about LEPP?
Who we are and exactly what our role is as a panel. We are here to bridge the gap and not to police the police.

John N. Nave

Place of Employment/Job Title:
Goodyear

Do you have any background in law enforcement?
Worked in the Corrections Field and was special Investigator for the Public Defenders Office

How long have you been on the LEPP Board?
Since its inception

What made you interested in joining the board?
To help the community understand its law enforcement and the law enforcement community know its community. Helping Topeka Police Dept. be better at what they do. Educating them about the people they serve.

How do you feel the LEPP helps the Police Department and the Community?
See above answer

What is the main thing you think the general public should know about LEPP?
That we can help them voice their concerns to the law enforcement community, and educate them thru what we learn from the law enforcement community here in Topeka, Ks.

Tina DeLaRosa

Place of Employment/Job Title:
Communication Specialist. Kansas Department of Labor

Do you have any background in law enforcement?
No I do not have any law enforcement background

How long have you been on the LEPP Board?
I have been a LEEP member ever since it got started

What made you interested in joining the board?
I choose to be a part of the group to become better informed for myself about the security measures our local police department has in place and to share this information within our Hispanic communities and in turn share the concerns of the Hispanic community with our local LPD in order to establish a better relationship between both groups.

How do you feel the LEPP helps the Police Department and the Community?
The LEEP group has assisted the LPD in upgrading publications about their services in both Spanish and English. We have been included in the interviewing process for promotions of officers and gone through the citizens academy. We have also been a part of inviting other community groups to the TPD for educational meetings about the LEPP group and the need to be active citizens in addressing community safety issues. Furthermore we have looked into their policies and procedures and made recommendations to be considered when it comes to informing the community about certain process in place when it comes to conducting certain violations.

What is the main thing you think the general public should know about LEPP?
I think the community should know that the LEPP group is one of them who need to know what their concerns are so that we can share them with our local PD and create better links of communication, trust and service between all groups and the police department.

Josephine C. Flowers-Salehar

Place of Employment/Job Title:
Topeka LULAC Multipurpose Senior Center, Inc. I am the Executive Director of the agency.

Do you have any background in law enforcement?
No I do not have any background in law enforcement

How long have you been on the LEPP Board?
From the very start I can't remember the actual year

What made you interested in joining the board?
I have been on the Community Advisory Committee since 1997 and when this became open I wanted to extend my knowledge as well as the Executive Director of LULAC for the last 15 years I know the community quite well.

How do you feel the LEPP helps the Police Department and the Community?
By being on the LEPP it gives the community an outlet when they have questions/concerns regarding the TPD and since everyone on the LEPP are community based persons it makes the general population feel like they have an open door and are able to ask questions and/or will get some answers to their questions.

What is the main thing you think the general public should know about LEPP?
I think the public needs to know that we (LEPP)do not govern the TPD but are more like a liaison within the community.

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