Updated 04/17/2012 05:42 PM
P.E.A.C.E initiative looks to foster relationships in Troy
Troy new's peace initiative is moving ahead as officials look for new ways to bring city residents on board to help fight crime. Our Lori Chung has more on one outreach method that officials hope will make all the difference.
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TROY, N.Y. -- This sight in the central business district is set to become more common around the Collar City. Officers, on foot, walking the beat.
"You actually get to know people a little more, and they give you a lot of good information," Troy Patrolman Charles Castle said.
That's the hope. Relationships fostered and rapport built that officials hope can break cases.
The city peace initiative came last month after two deadly shootings in the city. In addition to foot patrols, testing is now under underway for a new emergency response team and the effort is still taking shape.
"We're trying to assemble a community response team that can help residents to work with police when there an unfortunate situations or some tragic crime takes place," Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia said.
Rosamilia says that team will include trauma counselors, clergy and other community leaders. Some of whom will also be called to take part in patrols to help ease any mistrust between the police department and the community.
“To walk with the police officer who can explain to them what the hot spots might be,” Rosamilia said.
It marks a change of culture at the department, as well with officers noticing the shift in strategy.
“It’s a different way to do things, instead of just driving from one call to the next. It’s not reactive. It’s a proactive approach,” Troy Patrolman Craig Faby said.