Randallstwon, MD — Baltimore County's new police chief was addressing public safety concerns at town hall in Randallstown Wednesday night.
Melissa Hyatt was joined by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski at the first in a series of listening sessions regarding safety.
Hyatt will holding a number of these events in Baltimore County.
Hyatt told residents she's been visiting various police precincts, meeting with the police officers. She's also studying the different communities as part of a process of building trust between cops and the communities they serve.
Hyatt also stressed her leadership style will feature a commitment to collaboration.
"I think that I bring the ability to really engage with people different communities, everyone from police officers through the ranks to our residents in the community, really to do a good job listening to their concerns and bringing people together," Hyatt said.
"She's hit the ground running. She's a dynamic, forward-thinking, inclusive leader for our department. I think she's already generated a lot of excitement among the ranks," Olszewski said.
Wednesday's public safety town hall in Randallstown was the first of three. The next town hall will be held on June 24 at CCBC Dundalk, Community Theatre 7200 Sollers Point Road. The other happens on Tuesday, June 25 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The forums are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m