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Law Enforcement and UNCW are teaming up for community discussions near you

Community Dialogues starting in 2016. (Source: WPD) Community Dialogues starting in 2016. (Source: WPD)

The Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, and UNCW professors are teaming up to host community dialogues. 

These dialogues are going to take place in 22 different communities around the county within the next few months, and these organizations want to hear from you.

The idea is to have small groups of law enforcement officers and neighborhood representatives talking about ways to prevent violence in their neighborhoods, as well as break down any negative barriers between the two parties. 

"What we are finding is there are very different perceptions out there," said Dr. Thomas Barth, a UNCW Professor. "People don't understand what it's like to be in the shoes of a police officer, and the police officers doesn't understand what it's like to be in the shoes of those citizens. So the ideas is to really promote better mutual understanding of each others perceptions of how to treat people."

Barth and his colleague Dr. Bruce McKinney of UNCW are going to be overseeing the project, as co-facilitators. Barth said their goal is help create good conversations between the citizens and law enforcement offices, and to come up with strategies to help prevent any negative barriers or perceptions from forming. 

"One idea that has already come up is new drivers should be trained on what to do when you are pulled over by a police officer," Barth explained. "Something as simple as that. A lot of times people don't know the appropriate behavior and inappropriate behavior can be red flag to the law enforcement officer."

The 22 dialogue circles do not have set date and times yet, but are slated for the next few months in neighborhoods near you.

Click here if you want to be a part of the community dialogues, and see dates and times as they become available.

  • Apple Valley/ Walnut Hills
  • BADCO - Brooklyn Area District Community - 5th & Red Cross
  • Kings Grant & Spring View
  • Hillcrest
  • Village at Greenfield
  • The Bottom - 8th and Orange - 14th & Dock
  • Monterey Heights
  • Sunset Park
  • Greentree Apartments
  • Houston Moore
  • College Acres Drive
  • Parkwood Estates & Alimosa Place
  • Westchester
  • Love Grove
  • Longleaf Park
  • Tidewater Homes, Manly, Maides Park, Princess Place
  • Hanover Heights
  • Creekwood
  • Castle St. - Wooster to Church St, 3rd Street - 17th St.
  • Carolina Heights
  • Market North includes Frog Pond, & the Reserve at Forrest Hill
  • Taylor Homes - Nixon St. Red Cross, 5th Street Corridor. 

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