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Greenville Police Department present 'What To Do If Stopped By Police'

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - A motion finally coming to fruition. 

As summer begins, the need for stronger community relations grows. 

It's a motion made by Councilwoman Kandie Smith following public input 

Professionalism and respect, two words tossed around during the presentation. 

Attendees, elected officials and the chief of police all agree, there is always room for improvement. 

Questions were raised and emotions poured out. 

Monday's presentation had a goal to supply the public with steps if they were stopped by an officer. 

"We want to know what's not legal, to make sure we are giving them the best advice," said Smith. "We've talked about it in small meetings here and there, but everybody's not been a part of it.

From the beginning to the end, community members spoke up about what they've experienced and how enough is enough. 

"In an effort to keep them safe, we need to make sure that we're on the same page," said Smith. "If you don't know what's right and what's wrong or handling situations then why not go to the source to ask for that information."

Councilwoman Kandie Smith brought the idea of the presentation to the forefront after hearing growing concerns from the public. 

"There's a possibility, a probability that they can be stopped but we just want to make sure that they're safe as well as the police being safe." 

Other leaders believe it's not always the citizens that need to take precautions but officers as well. 

Reginald Barret is the first vice president of the Pitt County Chapter of the NAACP. 

"The way officers engage with us should be the primary focus," said Barret. "Every situation is different and every stop is different."

Barrett says the meeting is a start but the need for transparency is critical for officers to hear the concerns and serve the public.

"We need police but we also need police to conduct themselves accordingly when they engage with all citizens," said Barret. 




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