According to the Delaware County Daily Times,

Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland will hold a press conference Monday morning to address the community concerns regarding the homicide rate in the city.

At 11 a.m. in the Chester Police Department, Kirkland will join Commissioner Otis Blair and members of the police leadership team to “detail departmental solutions to suppressing crime,” a press release said Friday.

Later in the week, on Thursday, two roundtable discussions with police, city and state officials, and another that evening with community members will address the “spike in violence” the city has experienced this year.

Sometimes I get these press releases and sometimes I don’t. I’m not sure what else it contains, but the Daily Times quotes Kirkland as saying that “The issue of crime and violence is not isolated to Chester.” And, he states…

The war against fighting crime in inner cities and across the country should be viewed with the same level of passion the nation currently has when addressing the opioid epidemic…

Sometime Thursday evening, members of the Chester community are invited to the Chester City Hall community room for a public roundtable discussion.

Kirkland believes…

…working together by combining resources and creating multiple platforms for tactical approaches will bring the city of Chester one step closer to peace and unity…

On Monday we’ll know what the city is thinking. On Thursday we might hear what the police, city and state officials are thinking. On Thursday night, you’ll have your opportunity to help create the desired ‘tactical approach’ to achieve peace and unity.

You have plenty of time to prepare yourself for Thursday’s community meeting. You could probably send your questions to the Mayor in advance. Hopefully, this will be the first of many community meetings to come.