DPD respond to events in Minnesota and Sunday’s protest

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Protesters gathered in front of the Houston County Courthouse Sunday to protest after the death of George Floyd.

With riots around the nation and anger directed towards law enforcement there was some concern how Dothan Police would react, and they said they were proud.

“All in all they did a great job with it,” Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish said. “They did it the way it was supposed to be done and I’m very proud of them. I’m proud of the citizens that we have in our area that attended that did a good job.”

Chief Parrish said that Dothan Police go through extensive background checks and psychological assessments before someone can become an officer.

Parrish said bad apples in the police force won’t last.

“Administrators have to be very conscious of what their people are doing, what they’re saying,” Parrish said. “I think accountability and transparency are key components in building a good solid workforce. A workforce that is community oriented. A workforce that is flexible.”

Community relationship with police took a hit after what happened in Minnesota.

Dothan Police have made bridging the gap programs and community outreach programs in the past to build a strong relationship with the community.

“You got to practice what you preach you can’t just talk about it,” Parrish said. “You have to have development of hands-on with your community in non-police type situations.”

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