Meeting held to strengthen bond between community, law enforcement

Meeting held to strengthen bond between community, law enforcement
Published: Sep. 9, 2016 at 3:03 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2016 at 3:09 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The relationship between law enforcement and the community was a focal point of a crime prevention meeting at the Columbus Public Library.

The event, put together by the southern Anti-Racism Network, discussed how to keep the community safe along with police interaction with the mentally ill and the homeless.

Several law enforcement officers and city leaders were at the meeting.

Organizers hope the event can cut down on recent violence in the community, and city leaders say they hope to hold more meetings like this in the future.

"But I think as people's interest in this evolves and becomes even more in tuned," said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. "It's so important that we continue to meet, allow people to voice their frustrations, allow elected officials to hear and perhaps provide information that may alleviate some frustration and then work on addressing the others."

There was also a mention of bringing in the faith-based community to help promote unity.

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