KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Rather than hitting the streets to combat crime or a growing gang problem, Kinston Police took off on a different mission on Wednesday. They were hoping to speak with at least 150 in the Mitchell Town area about what concerns they have in the city.
It was all part of the 6th “Project Safe Measures” in Kinston. Officers said it helps to break down the barrier between them and the community, showing people in the city that police officers are human as well.
Austin Kuenzi, with Kinston Police’s Community Action Team, said different neighborhoods have different concerns.
“Obviously street lighting, maybe some road maintenance, maybe a loose dog here and there,” Kuenzi said. “But generally it’s just to meet the community and let them know that hey we’re here to listen to other things other than law enforcement complaints.”
Officers also had bags with them full of information and pamphlets to offer help to those suffering from mental health or addictions.
After the event, officers joined together to debrief and assign the concerns they had heard with the appropriate department.
The next Project Safe Measure is scheduled for June 1st in the Dixon St. area.