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Salisbury Police to start interactive community classroom program

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Police Department will expand its community-oriented policing efforts to include a quarterly information series called Community Classroom.

The interactive session is designed for residents and will begin next month.

Community Classroom is for people 16 and older and will be taught by Salisbury police officers.

The sessions are designed to provide education and insight into aspects of police work specific to the Salisbury community. The classes will cover topics that include arrest, search and seizure laws; decision making and the use of force; crime scene investigations; and police-resident interactions during traffic stops.

“The goal of this program is to give citizens an ‘inside look’ into police operations and our efforts to increase citizen satisfaction with police services,” said Police Chief Jerry Stokes. “We are committed to transparency in both information and operations. Our goal is to create a community of ‘citizen-police officers’ that will partner with us to reduce crime in our city.”

The first class — covering arrest, search and seizure laws — will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Salisbury police station, 130 E. Liberty St.

To apply for a class, go to salisburync.gov/communityclassroom or call a member of the Police Department’s community resource team at 704-638-2092. A representative from the Police Department will confirm each participant.

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