Approximately a month ago, the Great Barrington Police Department made a statement of support for the Asian community.

In light of the recent violent events across the country targeting the Asian population, the Great Barrington PD wanted to show that they were aware of the plight of the Asian community both locally and nationally who were in fear of hate and discrimination and they weren't going to tolerate it.

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Great Barrington Police Chief Paul Storti said in a statement:

It's essential for us to continue to build relationships and identify needs so that we have a rapport designed to foster a deeper dialog. Therefore, I invite our Asian community members to reach out to me for a conversation of understanding. We want our Asian community to know we are here to support them.

Well said, Chief.

And now, as an extension to that support statement, the Great Barrington Police Department has scheduled two Zoom chats and they invite the local Asian community to join.

According to a report from WTEN/News 10 Albany, the police are looking to gain some understanding of the problems and areas of concern in the local Asian community and how to better serve them.

The first Zoom conversation will take place on Wednesday, April 21, at 11 p.m. and the second conversation will happen at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.

If you would like to take part in either Zoom conversation, you must pre-register. It's simple to register. Simply send an email to Cara Becker with your name and email address.

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