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Police Commit to Fighting Crime in Raleigh Neighborhood

Posted May 29, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— People in one Raleigh neighborhood say they feel safer because of some new occupants in the area. That's because it's the police who have moved into College Park and they intend to move the criminals out.

A community barbeque provided a start Thursday by giving residents a chance to get to know the police officers. Officers say earning the trust of people who live in the area is a big factor in solving problems.

The new mobile compass station is just a few doors away from where a 4-year-old boy was shot in February. That incident left a lot of people scared, but police hope to turn this around.

Police even volunteered to spread mulch and do some planting in College Park because they want to do what they can to make a difference in the neighborhood.

Raleigh Police Officer Greg Porterfield says the neighborhood is already doing better.

College Park resident Deborah Murphy says help comes quickly these days.

Long-term residents say the neighborhood has deteriorated in recent years. One woman said it seems like she hears gunfire all night long and that people have been afraid to go outdoors at night.

Officer Robert Newman says he hopes that will change.

Police say one great thing about the mobile unit is that, if they manage to move criminals and drug dealers out of one neighborhood into another, they can follow with the unit before crime becomes entrenched in the new area.

Five officers will staff the unit 24-hours-a-day. All of them volunteered for the duty.