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Second annual JPAC Police-Community BBQ is Sept. 30

Community invited to mingle with local law enforcement


The Joint Police Advisory Council (JPAC) will host the second annual Police-Community BBQ from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the intersection of Park Place and S. Court Street.

According to its website, JPAC is a committee that consists of members of the Athens Police Department, the Ohio University Police Department, members of the city government, members of Ohio University, and residents of Athens.

Its purpose is to improve communication between the town and the University as it relates to safety and law enforcement issues.

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office and the local Ohio State Highway Patrol officers will also participate in the BBQ event.  

The free food will be provided by Kiser’s BBQ and the West Side Wingery and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers said, “This is a great opportunity for informal interaction between the police and the community.”

Athens City Police Chief Tom Pyle said, “Last year we witnessed a stellar turnout that proved beneficial in community members getting to know their police officers, we hope to build on that success.”

JPAC Chair and City Council Person Steve Patterson said, “The Police-Community BBQ is an amazing event that truly helps to breakthrough perceived communication barriers in our community. Please come out and join us!”

The makeup rain date for the BBQ is Thursday, Oct. 1 at the same time and location.