As a follow-up to the recently concluded community listening sessions, the public is now invited to engage with us for more in-depth discussions about the future of policing in Champaign by participating in an upcoming police-community study circle. The study circles will be more conversational dialogues between residents and police representatives to discuss topics like police-community race relations, training and education, and the role of law enforcement when responding to calls for service involving mental illness and other related social hardships.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, each study circle will be held virtually using Zoom. Each group will be guided by a community facilitator. City staff will additionally take notes about the discussions so the ideas that are developed can be shared with the City Council for their review when they meet to discuss future public safety policy changes.

To encourage an active dialogue, each study circle date is limited to 50 residents. Once participants enter the Zoom meeting, groups of 10 will join smaller virtual breakout rooms for facilitated discussions. Space is limited and preference will be given to Champaign residents and individuals who did not participate in another study circle date.

Study Circle Dates:

  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 6-8 p.m. (completed; registration closed)
  • Friday, Nov. 20, 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m.

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Following registration, a City representative will email you with more information, including a link to join the Zoom study circle for your requested date.


The City of Champaign recently held five community listening sessions, inviting members of the public to share their vision for the future of public safety in Champaign. The listening sessions were the first step in a community engagement process to gather information from the public so it can be shared with the City Council as they make future public safety policy decisions to best address the needs, interests, and values of our community.  Each session included Chief of Police Anthony Cobb and Police command staffCity Manager Dorothy David and elected City officials

Video recordings of each listening session are provided below.


Share Your Vision For the Future of Public Safety in Champaign

In addition to sharing your thoughts and suggestions concerning community policing at a listening session or study circle, the City also welcomes your written comments via our community survey. All survey responses will be provided to the City Council when they meet to discuss the future of policing later this year.

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