Police Chief Eric Hawkins

ALBANY–Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins will be the guest of Congregation Beth Emeth on Sunday, Nov.14, as the congregation’s brotherhood and sisterhood hold their annual membership appreciation event. It is scheduled for 10 -11 a.m. at the synagogue, 100 Academy Rd., Albany and those who are fully vaccinated may attend in person; those who wish to watch from home may follow on the congregation’s live-stream, accessible from the Beth Emeth website, www.bethemethalbany.org.

According to organizers, Hawkins, who has been head of the department for three years, has made strengthening community-police relations a priority, implementing several new community policing programs.

Rabbi Scott Shpeen, Beth Emeth’s spiritual leader, will facilitate the conversation, giving the congregation a chance to get to learn about Hawkins and allowing Hawkins to hear from members of the Jewish community.

“I look forward to welcoming Chief Hawkins to our temple and to facilitate a conversation together that will help us all to better understand his particular vision in dealing with the many issues facing the police force here in Albany, as well as his strategic vision in building bridges of understanding within our diverse community and how to more effectively combat the systemic racism inherent in our society today,” Shpeen said.

While the event has often been a breakfast this year will be without food because of COVID-19 restrictions.