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Community Policing Geared Up to Fight Crime

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Community officers will patrol on bicycles
DURHAM — There's a new line of defense against crime on the streets of Durham. TheHousing Authority and the Durham Police Deparment unveiled a new communitypolicing squad Wednesday.

The 14 officers will ride bikes to ensure they have plenty of contactwith the people they're trying to protect. Durham's acting police chief,H.K. Fletcher, says the officers are more than ready for the challenge.

"As I look back at these officers, I see some who have spent time innarcotics-- major crime investigators," Fletcher says. "There's plenty ofexperience, and I can assure you you're getting some top notch folks."

This is the first community policing initiative in Durham which placessworn officers into public housing communities.

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