York County officials will take part in a symposium open to the public that will address the stigma and barriers that keep ex-cons from reaching their full potential, according to youth pastor Jonathan Queen.

The event, organized by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the National Exhoodus Council, of which Queen is a representative, will be at Shiloh Baptist Church, 740 W. Locust St. in York 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

A panel-style discussion will inform law enforcement, ex-offenders and the community on how to mentor and help guide offenders into a new way of life, Queen said.

Speakers will include York NAACP President Sandra Thompson, the chairman of the state Parole Board, Mayor Kim Bracey and York City Police Chief Wes Kahley.

The event is open to the public and Queen hopes members of the community will join to help "remove the stigma and create a dialog" to strengthen the community.