Burlington police launch strategic community-focused plan

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- This week, the Burlington Police Department launched their program geared at bettering police-community relations.

A lot of police work depends on the community cooperating to provide tips to officers so they can solve crimes.

Over the next five years, as a part of the department's strategic plan, officers want to see the relationship between police and the public get stronger.

The department's first step is establishing regular communication.

"Just by getting out of our vehicles during a shift, and talking to people goes a long way," Lt. John Bigelow said.

There are eight ways the department plans to better relationships with the public. These goals were established after months of planning that included police officers, city leaders and citizens.

Pillar 1
Vibrant, interactive relationships between police & the community, leveraging creative partnerships for proactive and purposeful programs, resulting in trust, tolerance, enhanced public safety and reduced crime.

Pillar 2
A centrally located police facility with optimal use of space to satisfy operational components, including substations to increase efficiencies and community visibility.

Pillar 3
A data-driven staffing model and diversified deployment of sworn, civilian and volunteer staff.

Pillar 4
Holistic employee development and wellness programs, building leadership capacity, combining comprehensive evaluations and competitive compensation resulting in organizational commitment.

Pillar 5
Optimization of existing equipment and technology and proactively pursuing and assessing the latest equipment and technology

Pillar 6
A diverse staff with cultural understanding, reflective of the community we serve.

Pillar 7
Elite name recognition for the department.

Pillar 8
A community collaborative addressing youth issues resulting in reduced crime through programs focusing on youth education and mentorship, of which the department is a part.

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