Students & Police Hold Forum in Olathe

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OLATHE, Kan. -- The Olathe Police Department is now armed with knowledge on how to better serve a their city's teen population. The issues that a group of students and officers tackled on Tuesday is expected to help the department for the future.

About 60 student leaders talked about how to improve campus safety, traffic, the use of alcohol and drugs and the school resource officer program. The students worked with facilitators who will then relay the information to officers.

It's the first student forum the department has held because a citizens advisory council made up of citizens who regularly report to eh department thought it was necessary for them to get feedback from teens. One student is excited to build this new relationship.

"I think just as a whole we want things to improve," said Raeann Whitney, 17 Olathe South Senior. "I know we don't really know what's going on with the police department and I feel like they don't know what's going on with the youth, so I think more understanding would be good."

The police department says students make up one-fifth of the city's population. So, it is important for officers to get feedback about how they're doing.

FOX 4 was told students played a big part in choosing the time and date for the forum. Students chose Tuesday night so they didn't have to miss school.

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