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Fayetteville mayor, police chief get White House invite

Posted July 22, 2015
Updated July 23, 2015

Fayetteville Police Chief Harold E. Medlock and Mayor Nat Robertson at the White House July 23, 2015.
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— Fayetteville's mayor and police chief are headed to the White House. Chief of Police Harold E. Medlock and Mayor Nat Robertson will participate Thursday in a forum on best practices in community policing.

Robertson said he's looking forward to meeting with other city leaders across the country to exchange ideas on how to keep residents safe.

The mayor credited Fayetteville's progress in reducing crime with earning them the invitation.

"For the second year in a row, we're looking at a double-digit decrease in our crime rate, and that is due to, of course, the resources that the City Council has given to the police chief, but also the police chief's initiatives," Robertson said.

Rev. Brian R. Thompson, of Simon Temple AME Zion Church, and Kevin Brooks, a local businessman, are accompanying Medlock and Robertson to the forum.


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  • Caitlin Stevens Jul 23, 2015
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    Come on folks this has to be a Joke, It's called "Fayettenam" for a reason.

  • Jim Buchanan Jul 23, 2015
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    They will probably go up and get brainwashed to take all legal guns off the streets and let the criminals have full reign.

  • Derril Salter Jul 23, 2015
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    Fayetteville has always had a high crime rate. But it used to be concentrated more in the center city. Like Gillespie and Hay Streets. It's a lot different now since that was cleaned up and the business has moved to Cross Creek Mall. It's a larger city than a lot of pepple realize with the most diverse population in the state except for maybe Jacksonville. The biggest problem as in most cities is the widespread sale and use of illegal drugs.

  • Ray Lee Smythe Jul 23, 2015
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    It's much worse if you actually live in Fayetteville compared to what you see on the news and read in the papers.

  • John Banks Jul 22, 2015
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    LOL..... REALLY???? What a joke!!!! They are going to show HOW to reduce the crime rate or to get ADVICE on how to reduce the crime rate??? I sure hope it is to LEARN how. Because when it comes to major crimes, Fayetteville is a GREAT example of a city that that knows all about murder, rape and theft.

  • Marc Trellis Jul 22, 2015
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    Is this serious? Every time I check the news I see at least one story about a murder, assault, rape, robbery or kidnapping in Fayetteville. Based on the frequency with which these occurrences are reported, it seems like crime is completely out of control in Fayetteville. I'm not sure they're the best example of how to 'reduce crime.'