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Salisbury Police Department, City Council to review U.S. Justice Department assessment

By Liz Moomey

liz.moomey@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Police Department will announce the findings of a recent assessment by the U.S. Department of Justice at an information session with the Salisbury City Council and the public Tuesday.

The department asked the Office of Justice Program Diagnostic Center to conduct an assessment of its internal capabilities, violent crime trends, reduction strategies and community engagement efforts in 2017.

The Diagnostic Center staff started reviewing the department’s reported crime and call location data and conducted interviews with police officers and law enforcement partner agency staff in November.

Business owners, faith-based leaders and neighborhood representatives also were interviewed.

The review lasted several months.

The Diagnostic Center staff has developed training recommendations for the Police Department to improve responses to violent crime.

The recommendations will be reviewed by the Diagnostic Center staff and City Council at a public meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in City Hall Chambers, 217 S. Main St.

The public can review the report at 5 p.m. at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. S. The forum will summarize the findings and recommendations and provide a question-and-answer opportunity.

For more information, call 704-638-2902.

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