Greensboro police work with church to clean up Heritage House

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police are teaming up with the New Jerusalem Cathedral to clean up one of the most troubled and crime-ridden areas in the city. They’re focusing on the Heritage House apartment complex in the south side of the city.

The program is called P.A.C.T., which stands for police and church together.

“This phase has to do with reconnecting with the community,” said Capt. Shon Barnes, of the Greensboro Police Department. “This particular location probably accounts for more crime in the Southern Patrol Division than any other division.”

Crimemapping.com showed more than 70 crimes reported in a one mile radius of the apartments in the last month alone.

Organizers plan to rally volunteers to pick up trash outside the apartment complex located on West Meadowview Road Saturday morning.

“You act just like your environment. If your environment becomes clean, your attitude becomes clean. I think this is a way to connect with people. And they’ll see themselves changing,” said Dr. Kevin Williams, pastor of the New Jerusalem Cathedral. “They can see that police department is not here to arrest people, they’re here to serve people. They can also see that the church isn’t there to preach, but here to actually minister and serve.”

Williams says the goal is to help residents clean up their lives and ultimately reduce crime in the area.

Anyone is invited to help with cleanup efforts. Volunteers will be at the Heritage House apartment complex Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.