BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Burlington police are including residents in the strategic planning process this year.
They're holding a series of seven public meetings to get input from people in the community.
"You live in the city, you pay taxes here, we’re yore police department -- tell us what you want us to be doing. Should we focus on more tickets or less tickets? More riding around the neighborhood or targeted enforcement for narcotics?" said Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe.
Smythe says they've already gotten new and diverse ideas in the two meetings they've had so far. Moving forward, the department will go over the ideas and present a three to five year plan to the Burlington City Council.
However, it isn't too late to get involved. There are several more meetings happening through the end of March.
"If you look at the national debate about policing around the country, and if you look at things happening across the state, a lot of people want to chime in and say what they think. I’m asking to put your money where your mouth is. Come on down and really tell us what you think. Be included, be part of the solution, don’t be part of the problem. Come down and partner with us and work towards a solution," said Chief Smythe.
Future meetings will be held on:
- March 28 at the Alamance Regional Med Center from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- March 30 at the Positive Attitude Youth Center from 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
- March 31 at the Burlington Housing Authority from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.