Burlington Police Department lays out community-based policing strategy

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BURLINGTON, N.C. --  After months of careful planning and getting hundreds of hours of feedback from the community, Burlington police are laying out their plans to help better serve the public.

On Tuesday, police unveiled their five-year community-based strategic plan.

A plan some residents hope will bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement.

"We spent four hours in some of those sessions talking about what the community expects from the police, what they'd like to see from police in this community,” said Barrett Brown, president of the Alamance County chapter of the NAACP. “That in itself is revolutionary. I don't think the police department has done that before."

Dozens of residents went to the Paramount Theater to hear the plan laid out in eight pillars.

The pillars include building community relationships to help fight crime, more police substations, wellness programs for officers, better equipment, youth programs and more diversity among officers.

Since March, more than 125 residents presented their ideas at seven community meetings all over the city.

For many community members the plan has left them feeling hopeful.

"We really are a bunch of hardworking people and all we want is the best for our kids, our community, our neighborhood,” said resident Cesar Marquez. “If there's any way we can help out with these guys, we're going to be glad to do it."

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