SPOKANE, Wash. -

The first in a series of public forums were held Thursday night, designed to give citizens more input in Spokane Police oversight.

At 6 o'clock a reverse phone call was sent out to 40,000 Spokane residents. Anyone interested in participating was asked to stay on the line and included in a discussion the Mayor Condon and Police Chief Frank Straub along with a spokesman from Spokane Fire. About 5,000 people in all participated.

"They got to ask questions not just about the ombudsman but out our mental health training, about property crimes, how are we responding, what do the crime numbers really in the city? So I thought it was an excellent opportunity to really speak directly with a broad group of people in our community," said Chief Straub.

There are also two community meetings scheduled. The first is Friday, December 6 at 4 pm in the Council Briefing Room, the second is on Thursday, December 12 at 6 pm in the West Central Community Center.