Community Conversations

The City of Shaker Heights is launching a series of periodic Community Conversations focused on race, diversity, equity and inclusion as they intersect with the work of the City. The purpose of these conversations is to create a space where members of the community and City staff can engage in honest and constructive dialogue around these complex topics, a space where we can listen to and learn from each other’s unique perspectives and experiences. These conversations will help to inform the work we will do as a City and community to create a more equitable, inclusive and just place to live, work and raise children.

Conversations will explore topics of race, diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to other City departments, functions, practices and policies. Conversation topics will be determined with community input.


S.A.M.S. Conversations with the Shaker Heights Police Department

Shaker African American Mothers Support (S.A.M.S.) is hosting a series of ongoing conversations with the SHPD and parents of African American children with the goal of building trust and strengthening the relationship between members of the department and the African American community. To date, three such conversations have taken place:

Policing in Partnership with the Community

On July 23, 2020 members of SHPD and City staff shared information about police practices and policies, and responded to participant questions. Panelists included: Mayor David E. Weiss; Chief Administrative Officer Jeri Chaikin; Chief Prosecutor Randolph Keller; Police Chief Jeffrey DeMuth; Community Relations and Juvenile Unit Supervisor Sergeant Timothy Grafton; Community Relations Officer Martin Dunn; and Human Resources Manager Sandra Middleton.

For information about SHPD: We invite you to read more about SHPD policies and practices before the webinar by visiting The article A Force for Change from Shaker Life magazine provides a helpful overview of the department.

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