Kinston Police Department held a training for staff and the community on racial and ethnic differences Tuesday afternoon.
The training, “Action to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) in Juvenile Justice”, addresses the need to focus on racial and ethnic disparities, the historical context and its causes, to work to remove this issue from communities.
It an effort to strengthen law enforcement’s relationship with the community, especially minority youth. Staff from Georgetown University discussed the disparities between minorities and the community in connection to school suspensions, arrests, and incarceration.
Kinston Police Chief Alonzo Jaynes believes this workshop will help reduce crime, unfair minority contact and empower the community.
“Just perspective. Understanding that we may not agree on exactly how we got here but we definitely have to recognize that there is a problem with disparity and playing a role in trying to counter that and also just working on focusing on building those relationships, ” said Chief Jaynes.
Community members and representatives of the local NAACP chapter were also in attendance. Georgetown University staff plan assesses the police department’s policies and practices in the future.
“Some of the people in attendance are people who filed complaints on our officers and we encourage them to sit in this session as well so they can have a voice because we really want to have those crucial conversations,” Chief Jaynes said.