Durham leaders return from trips with lessons on tackling violent crime

Durham Police

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Just hours after another shooting death in Durham, city leaders announced Friday how they plan to improve the police department after returning from trips to Boston and Kansas City.

The trips were sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of an effort to curb Durham’s growing crime rate.

Durham Police and other city leaders made two separate trips to Boston and Kansas City over the past few weeks. The cities were identified as peer cities for Durham to learn from.

People on both trips said they were impressed with the community policing programs in the two cities where officers engage with the community by getting out of their patrol cars and having face-to-face interaction with the people who live there.

“[We need] the total redeployment of our police force to emphasize relationship and community policing…getting out of the cars…getting on bikes. I know we have geographic challenges. We are not Boston, but Boston has spent the last 20 years integrating their police department from kindergarten on up,” said community activist Rev. Mark-Anthony Middleton.

Durham Police said they plan on implementing some of the ideas they learned on the trips right away and will continue to discuss how to improve over the coming months.

 

 

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