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Birmingham picked as pilot site for police initiative

March 12, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal officials say Birmingham has been chosen as one of six pilot sites for a national initiative on restoring relationships between law enforcement and citizens.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced sites for the department’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice on Thursday. The other pilot sites are: Ft. Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Stockton, California; Minneapolis; and Pittsburgh.

The initiative was announced in April and is a partnership between federal officials and criminal justice experts focused on providing training, policy and research to address distrust between citizens and law enforcement.

Part of the program focuses on evaluating police-community relationships and developing site-specific plans for improvements.

The initiative comes after several high profile fatal police-involved shootings involving unarmed blacks and Latino men, teens and boys.

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