Kinston Dept. of Public Safety changing community outreach program

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Kinston Department of Public Safety will be changing one of its community outreach programs to reduce violence.

Interim Chief Greg Thompson said his department’s “Crossing Boundaries” program, which offers repeat criminals an job, education and social service opportunities, will shift its focus from adult offenders to juveniles.

“If we can change the mindset of youth, maybe we can change the mindset of our criminals,” Chief Thompson said.

He said the department’s seen mixed success in reforming adult offenders.

He said 60 percent of the people who participated in the first two years of the program successfully turned their lives around, but the number’s slightly declined.

“You will have success in all programs and you will have some failures, and we suspected some failures to continue,” Chief Thompson said.

This comes after an 18-year-old was shot dead near the Simon Bright Apartments in the same location where he was shot a year earlier.

Interim chief Greg Thompson said Sutton participated in some of their community outreach programs.

“He also did not finish some of the programs that we offered.”

Chief Thompson plans for changes in the “Crossing Boundaries” program to take effect early next year.

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