Arrest & Recovery: Bridging the gap between community and police

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A town hall meeting is focusing on the relationship between Greenville Police and the community. 

Both sides are working to bridge the gap and bring peace and unity to the city. 

The mission is to inform the public about changes being brought to the city and informing the public about the systems in place and what they need to know about the criminal justice system. 

Attendees did a lot of listening to understand and not to respond. 

Yvonne Alston lives in Greenville and came to learn about how she can help bring the community together. 

“We should be working to help people,” said Alston. “We should be informing those who are coming outside of prison that there are resources to help adjust.” 

Alston says it’s all about second chances. 

“We have to let offenders know that your past does not determine your future,” said Alston. “It’s about teaching offenders who simply may not know what programs are out there for them.” 

Speakers from Greenville’s Police Department and the criminal justice system talked about ways to improve community relations. 

Faris Dixon is Pitt County’s District Attorney. 

“Our greatest resource is our human beings,” said Dixon. “For those offenders who commit minor offenses, we should be helping them with employment and providing for their families.” 

The Police Community Relations Committee along with the District Attorney are looking for more opportunities to host a similar town hall in the future. 

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