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Bismarck police launch new community policing initiative

May 21, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Bismarck Police Department has launched a new program that aims to better connect officers with the community.

The department announced the Bismarck Community Oriented Policing Program on Monday, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The program will divide the city into six community policing districts where officers will improve services and organize local meetings and events. It’ll also revive the Neighborhood Crime Watch and Business Watch programs to help neighbors look out for one another and bring attention to suspicious activity.

An advisory committee will be established in each of the districts to serve as a liaison between the police department and their neighborhood watch.

“This is about reconnecting with the public, us getting out from behind our desks, getting out to talk to you, connecting with the community and finding out what you have to say,” said Sgt. John Brocker, who helped develop the program when he took over the police’s crime prevention section in December.

Brocker said he felt there was a need for the department to be more transparent.

Officers will conduct outreach through neighborhood canvassing, presentations and home and business security surveys. Police are also planning to continue their ice cream ticket program, which rewards children for wearing helmets while riding bikes.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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