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Clergy and police team up in Rochester

Clergy and police team up in Rochester

From the Huffington Post:

The city of Rochester, New York will kick off a program on Saturday aimed at improving relations between community members and law enforcement — and the timing could not be better.

The idea behind ‘Clergy on Patrol’ is simple, Rochester Press Officer Jessica Alaimo told The Huffington Post. The program will pair up clergy members and police officers for foot patrols with the hope of improving relations between law enforcement and the local community, which have taken a hit in recent months.

“The goal is to mend the mistrust certain neighborhoods have in the police by using the trust they have in the clergy as a bridge,” Alaimo said. “While we’ve been building this program for some time, the recent riots in Ferguson and the shooting we had here highlighted the need for it.”

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