The City of Champaign is pleased to announce the dates of five community listening sessions and invites members of the public to share their vision for the future of public safety in Champaign. The listening sessions will be used 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 will include Chief of Police Anthony Cobb and Police command staffCity Manager Dorothy David and elected City officials

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the listening sessions will be held electronically using the Zoom meeting platform. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in any of the following listening sessions: 

  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 6-8 p.m.     Watch Video Recording
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Oct. 3, 1-3 p.m.  
  • Friday, Oct. 9, 1-3 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m. 

Participate by Computer or Mobile Device
Please click this link to join the Zoom meeting.  Passcode: 077055
This link will work for all five listening sessions. If you wish to provide comments your computer/mobile device will need a microphone. If you don’t have access to this equipment please call in via telephone. Please make sure you are using the latest version of the Zoom software and run updates if needed to make sure you can connect and participate in the listening sessions.

Participate by Telephone
Please dial 312-626-6799 and enter the webinar ID and passcode below:
Webinar ID: 892 1142 3846
Passcode: 077055

Watch on Television/Online
Each listening session will be available for live viewing on CGTV (Comcast and i3 Broadband channel 5, U-verse channel 99) and live streamed on the City’s website.  Each session will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing as well.

Once the listening session begins, please raise your virtual hand in the Zoom application to indicate you would like to provide comments.  The moderator will call upon you when it is your turn to speak, at which time you will be able to unmute your microphone and share your comments.  Each participant will have five minutes to provide their comments and suggestions on how to improve policing in Champaign.

  • On a computer?  Select the Raise Hand icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • On an iPhone or Android device mobile device? Select the Raise Hand icon on the bottom of the screen.  If you don’t see the icon, press anywhere on the screen and it should appear.
  • Calling in by phone?  Dial *9 to raise your hand. (Then when called upon to speak dial *6 to unmute your phone).
  • Detailed directions for raising your hand on all the different devices can be found on Zoom’s website.

To attend a listening session you can either choose to call in or connect via your computer or mobile device.  If you wish to provide comments during the meeting, your computer/mobile device will either need a microphone and speaker or you can use a headset for better sound quality.  If you lack this equipment please call in via telephone.

When you select the link to join the Zoom meeting (above) you will either be prompted to open the Zoom software on your device or to download and install Zoom.  The software is free of charge.  Once installed you’ll be prompted to enter your name and email address prior to being connected to the meeting.  If the meeting hasn’t started yet, you’ll be notified to wait until the host starts the meeting, then connected to the meeting when it begins.  For more information about using Zoom for the first time, including troubleshooting tips, please visit Zoom’s Help Center.


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, 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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Following the community listening sessions, the City will invite community members to engage in more in-depth discussions about the future of policing through a series of smaller, more conversational study circles.  More information regarding the study circles, including how to register, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Input gathered from the listening sessions and study circles will be shared with the City Council and the public in a written report at the conclusion of the process. Following the listening sessions and study circles, the City Council will also discuss this topic at a future Study Session which will allow additional opportunities for community input on the future of policing in Champaign.