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Danville Police officers walked door-to-door Thursday evening in the neighborhood adjacent to North Main and Moffett streets and in the vicinity of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.They talked with residents about their needs and how the Police Department can make their neighborhood a safer and better place.
The goal of community engagement walks is to build public trust and develop a personal relationship between the officers and the neighborhoods they serve. Officers handed out cards with direct contact information.
“There have been some challenges here in this neighborhood, so we just wanted to come out and talk to folks,” Police Chief Scott Booth said. “This is our fourth walk, and I will tell you that we will try to reach every neighborhood in the city at some point.
“There is some positive development taking place here (North Main Hill area). You’ve got restaurants like The 616 that are pushing revitalization. You have a lot of folks here along this corridor that want their neighborhoods to continue to move forward. I have had a lot of positive conversations with community leaders over here. This (walk) is just one small piece that we are doing to engagement the community.”
The community engagement walk was the fourth in a series planned in neighborhoods across the city. The first walk was held in February in the Cardinal Village neighborhood. The second walk occurred in March in the neighborhood surrounding G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School. Last month, a walk was held in the Old West End neighborhood.
The date and location of the next walk will be announced at a later date.