Rep. Karen Bass, Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, and attorney Connie Rice will listen to community concerns about policing at a public forum on President Obama’s new 21st Century Task Force on Policing on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at Ward A.M.E. Church, 1177 W. 25th St., Los Angeles.

Residents are invited to share their thoughts on police-community relations with Bass, Jones-Sawyer and Rice, who is an appointee to President Obama’s task force on policing and a longtime advocate for Los Angeles policing reforms.

President Obama created the 21st Century Task Force on Policing—which includes law enforcement representatives, community leaders, academics, and youth leaders—to compile recommendations about how to improve trust, accountability, transparency and respect between police officers and citizens after controversial police violence in Los Angeles, Cleveland, New York and Ferguson, Mo.

The townhall will operate in an Q&A format where attendees can talk about their personal experiences with local law enforcement and offer suggestions on how relations can be improved.

Reservations can be made at policingtownhall.eventbrite.com.

People interested in submitting public comment for consideration by the Task Force at any time and send it to Comment@taskforceonpolicing.us or via U.S. Mail to: President’s Task Force on Policing in the 21st Century, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, 145 N Street, N.E. 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20530.

The Task Force on 21st Century Policing is hosting multiple listening sessions and teleconferences to gain broad input and expertise from stakeholders. The information collected in these meetings will inform and advise the task force in developing recommendations. Details for the next listening session are below:

  • Listening Session on Policy and Oversight, Jan. 30; 10 a.m.-6p.m., University of Cincinnati Tangeman University Center Great Hall, 2766 UC Main St., Cincinnati.

This meeting is open to the public. Space is limited and individuals will be seated on a first-come first-served basis. The public may also view a live webcast of the proceedings through a link on the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) website is the component within the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Listening Session on Technology and Social Media, Jan. 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., University of Cincinnati

Tangeman University Center Great Hall, 2766 UC Main St. Cincinnati.

This meeting is open to the public. Space is limited and individuals will be seated on a first-come first-served basis. The public may also view a live webcast of the proceedings through a link on this webpage (forthcoming)

To get more information on upcoming task force events, visit the website: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov.